Silk Cord Weaving (Ribbon Ori) Born from the 1300-Year History of Tango Silk Textiles

This silk fabric, characterized by its colorful use and unique material combination,
is woven with 4mm wide silk ribbon tapes dyed by hand in both warp and weft directions.

The ribbon tape, bundled into ring-shaped 'Kase', is rotated by hand while being dyed in multiple colors.
This creates a gradient at the borders of adjacent colors, revealing a richness of colors beyond initial settings.
Despite the predominance of handcrafted processes, the final product has a distinctive material appearance that seems almost digital.

With most of the production processes mechanized in Western textile manufacturing,
the background of self-producing ribbon tape makes this a rare entity where the beauty of handcraftsmanship can be appreciated.


Silk Ribbon Yarn

The Ribbon Ori, 'Silk Cord Weave', uses silk ribbon yarn (tape-shaped yarn woven to a width of 4mm)
as both warp and weft in textiles primarily used for Western-style clothing and interior decoration.

Using silk ribbon yarn for both warp and weft requires unique techniques and technology to weave without any twisting.



The silk ribbon yarn is dyed using a hand Ikat dyeing technique.

Employing a method called 'dip-dye Ikat', initially, 4-5 colors are chosen, and dyes are prepared accordingly.

The yarn, bundled together, is dyed by applying dyes at predetermined locations.

Typically, four colors are hand-dyed to create a soft gradient, with the bleeding of colors at the borders being one of its unique features.

After dyeing, the yarn is dried in the shade. Once dry, each silk ribbon yarn is individually ironed to smooth out wrinkles.


Preparation and Weaving

During preparation, the silk threads are laid out on sand to prevent entanglement,
and left for a day to naturally absorb moisture, relaxing the threads.
This process is a technique born from Tango's humid climate and soil.
Silk Cord Weave is prepared using a unique technique to prevent twisting.

The silk ribbon yarn used as warp threads is woven slowly and at low speed to avoid twisting.