Akihiko Izukura, descendant of a long line of master silk weavers who created kimonos and obis for the imperial family in Japan for centuries, has taken his passion for weaving and dyeing in contemporary directions. The Kyoto-based designer works mainly in silk, transforming thread into hand-woven “wind like” fabrics.
Essential to his creative process is his philosophy of “zero waste.” His raw materials are silk cocoons which produce both a fine silk thread and a more coarse raw silk. Following a process that is over 2,000 years old, the silk is hand dyed with subtle colors made only from natural materials, such as insects and plants. It is then braided, knitted or woven on looms. The leftover silks are used to develop ceramic glazes and handmade paper.
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