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