Mr. Yasusuke Maeda of Koyaguchi, Wakayama Prefecture, wanted to somehow reproduce the beautiful textile, and after much trial and error, he devised a machine from scratch to create a unique Japanese reweaving.
From around 1877 to the beginning of the Showa era (1926-1989), he exported rewoven tablecloths and curtains overseas, which were very popular. About 30 years later, in 1983, they combined traditional and new techniques to once again develop rewoven fabrics, and over the next several years, they completed the rewoven fabrics we see today.
To weave Saiori, velvety fluffed chenille yarn is used for the weft and cotton yarn is used for the warp. When making this chenille yarn, a weave with a coarser warp density is woven, then the warp is cut lengthwise one by one, and the resulting fluffed yarn is twisted to create a fluffy, caterpillar-like yarn. This process of weaving is called reweaving because the weaving process is done twice. Made of 100% cotton, rewoven scarves are very gentle on the skin and have no backing. Also, the thick fabric keeps the wearer warm in winter without losing body heat, while the cotton makes it easy to wear in spring and fall.
Saiori scarves have a handmade warmth and go well with kimono outfits. In Ginza, you can easily buy antique kimonos at the Ooedo Antique Market or at events held in the Okuno Building. I also enjoy finding beautiful kimonos and using them as haori or resizing and remaking them. Since we are in a country with a kimono culture, I would like to wear a kimono over my regular clothes when I go out and eventually be able to wear a kimono as my regular clothes.
Rewoven scarves can be washed many times in a washing machine and still have the same thick, soft feel. Please feel the warmth and warmth of this precious textile, which can only be produced a few meters a day even in modern times.
Origin's Saiori Scarf