In this project, we aim to find new ways of working with textile craft by combining two countries’ craft cultures into one. By filtering Swedish weaving and pattern traditions through a traditional Japanese weaving technique we create an intertraditional fabric; a piece of fabric that doesn’ t belong in any of the two cultures more or less and therefore can be interesting, traditional and alluring for both countries at the same time.
The design of the fabric is based on classic Scandinavian weaving techniques such as MUNKABÄLTE, DALDRÄLL, RÖLAKAN, ROSENGÅNG and DUKAGÅNG. The fabric is woven in the traditional Japanese technique Kasuri, commonly known as Ikat, where the yarn is dyed using a resist-dying technique which creates a certain type of pattern when weaving.
Kyozo Shimogawa runs the small weaving mill Shimogawa Orimono where we worked together to create our fabric. He is a third generation weaving master in the specific Kurume-Kasuri craft tradition and our collaboration with him and the weaving mill has been crucial to making this project a reality. Our wish is to create opportunities and platforms for textile crafts and by highlighting traditional craft and explore new ways to work with it we hope to fulfill that.
At gallery ASITA ROOM by ASITANOSIKAKU, Osaka, Japan, we exhibited “Orimono”, an installation of the fabric we have created, while “Tsukurite”, the whole process was showcased at MUJI Grand Front Osaka.
Graphic design: Yoshi Nakatani