Family-owned since 1688, Hosoo has carried on the renowned textile traditions of Nishijin in Kyoto for more than twelve generations. The history of the textile company could even be traced back to the birth of the textile district in Nishijin, Kyoto formed by master-weavers and tailors in the 9th century.
Originally appointed kimono tailors and obi belt weavers of the Imperial Family of Japan in the 17th century, Hosoo’s long lineage of weavers have since expanded their workshop to create traditionally-woven, hand-spun silk-based textiles for international talents, interior designers and fashion houses around the world.
Under the visionary leadership of the Hosoo family, the textile mill has preserved the time-honored techniques and weaving methods of Nishijin, while integrating them with improved looming technologies to meet the demands of an international clientele.
The Nishijin textile traditions relies on idiosyncratic techniques including;
HEDDLE: A heddle is an integral part of a loom. Each thread in the warp passes through a heddle, which is used to separate the warp threads for the passage of the weft. Each heddle has an eye in the center through which the warp is threaded.
DYEING: The dyeing of the yarns is considered one of the most important stages in Nishijin weaving. Yarns are dyed with meticulous care to compose the individual color schemes of each design for a richer and deeper tone. After the dying, the silk is fitted onto yarn frames for easy handling during warping and weaving.
FOIL/WASHI: A unique feature of Nishijin fabrics is the inclusion of gold and silver washi paper shreds, which are meticulously woven with silk thread to create sophisticated, contemporary fabrics. In preparation of the weaving process, gold or silver foil is pasted onto sheets of washi paper, which are then shredded. Traditional Japanese washi paper is used due to its strength and durability.