Story of Mosquito Net Fabric

Mosquito Net Fabric
by Harada Orimono Co.,Ltd.
Thread by Daruma Thread
/ Yokota Co., Ltd.

in collaborate with Maricor Maricar

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POST : Nov 11,2015


–Have you ever used Kaya Kiji (mosquito net) or Daruma Thread for embroidery before?

We’ve never used Kaya Kiji before and it’s an interesting textile to work with. The weave is quite loose and flexible so I’ve layered several pieces together to create a thick fabric to sew onto.

–Have you ever used Daruma Thread for your embroidery?

This is the first time we’ve sewn with Daruma thread and it’s lovely to embroider with. Depth of colour changes depending on the stitch style you use so there are interesting variations in colour and texture you can experiment with.

— Was there any difficulty or thing that you had to do while you worked with Kaya Kiji?

The difficulty in using Kaya Kiji is that the weave is very loose compared to regular cotton or linen cloth. To be able to stitch onto the cloth we had to use 4 pieces layered on top of each other.

–Is there any story behind the production of your piece.

There was a lot of experimentation to test which stitches would work with the Kaya Kiji fabric since it’s a very unconventional embroidery cloth. Even though using 4 layers created a thick fabric it was still very loose and light weave which suited a more delicate approach to the embroidery.

–What are the theme and details of your piece?

As the exhibition is themed white we wanted the artwork to rely on texture in order to be seen rather than use any colour. The wonderfully textured nature of embroidery allows us to create a very subtle artwork that relies on light and shadows to reveal the image

The stitches emerge out of the white fabric and we read the text “Everything is Nothing” from the blank spaces.

–What do you like the most about your piece?

I enjoyed working with such an unusual soft and light embroidery cloth. Daruma thread, complimented the cloth so well it is a wonderful thread to work with.

Maricor Maricar
Maricor Maricar are an Australia based design and illustration sister creative team specialising in hand embroidered and tactile graphics. Their illustration and animation work has exhibited locally and internationally. They’re awards include a RYD award from the British Council Australia and a Young Guns Award by the Art Directors Club based in New York.




Mosquito net fabric has been woven by Kiya-san of Nara since very old time. The hemp utilized in the fabric wards off mosquitos and results in a coarse weave. Through word of mouth it became known that Kiya craftsmen would layer and sew spare fabric together to produce handy tea cloths; this was the beginning. The cloth’s coarse weave is a specialty of Kiya-san; the weave could not be replicated in other production locals as it is surprisingly difficult to keep the strands of the weave together.A unique production process comprised of applying a sweet potato starch-based adhesive to the fabric was devised to avert slippage when layering and sewing the fabric.

This results in the cloth’s initial stiff appearance, but on rinsing it in lukewarm water a few times, the adhesive is washed off and the texture of the cloth becomes soft to the touch. The cloth has 1.3 times the water absorption capability of cotton and is highly effective in clinging on to and removing oily stains with one swift wipe.

Moreover, the layered, unique coarse weave of the cloth makes it highly porous, enabling rapid drying and thus extended sanitary use.

Users of the cloth have uniformly praised it as “having great water absorption, being fast-drying and being highly practical.” This is the kind of cloth it is.


Harada Orimono Co., Ltd.
821 Nagoso, Koyaguchi-cho, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama-ken, JAPAN
For more than 60 years, Harada Orimono Co., Ltd. has pursued the production of goods that deeply satisfy its customers.
As time passes by we live in an increasingly convenient world, but there remains many production processes that cannot be carried out by machines. Their careful handcraftsmanship is dedicated to each product offered to our customers. Their production is fully integrated at our own factory and the quality of our offerings is assured by the expert hands and eyes of our craftsmen, who do not compromise in maintaining the tradition of quality signified by the Made in Japan label.

3-2-8 Bakurou-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0059 JAPAN
It was in 1901 that the founder, Chozaemon Yokota began to make and sell thread. He had belief that”The price is temporary, but the quality is eternal.”and aimed sewing thread of the highest quality.
The Yokotas marked their excellent quality product with the symbol of a round Japanese doll known as a Daruma. They chose the Daruma to represent their brand due to its ability to “fall down seven times but get up eight.” This idiom implies that success will be achieved with persistence.
Their company passes more than one century after founded. They hope the mark of trust came from generation to generation is loved for a long time from now on. We produce threads are pleased with all of you today having such a wish.






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