mother-of-pearl weave




“What if we could turn shells into textiles?” In the 1970s, a textile manufacturer in Tango was fascinated by the brilliance of the sea that shells possessed.

Katsuichiro Tamiya made this a reality after about two years of research.

Raden's raden represents shells, and 鈿 represents craftsmanship.

In Japan, it developed as a decoration of lacquer and became established as the name of the technique of maki-e.

By fusing this mother-of-pearl and the traditional weaving technique of pulling foil, a new technique, mother-of-pearl weaving, was born.

A thin sheet of seashell is cut into a shape and pasted on Japanese paper, and this is thinly cut into threads and woven into the weft.

Breaking through the conventional concept, it expresses the sparkle of the sea with seashells as a fabric with flexibility.