RAGS TO RICHES
Japanese peasants employed sakiori from the mid-18th to 20th centuries at a time when resources were scarce and the cultivation of cotton difficult. Like the practitioners before her, Mitsui shreds waste fabrics into thin strips, weaving them against a fresh warp to create an entirely new cloth. In contrast with the warm, durable workwear of her forebears, however, Mitsui’s creations are unmistakably high fashion.
“I innovated the way to utilize the waste materials and created original yarns out of waste,” she says. “These yarns can be used for both industrial-weaving loom and hand-weaving loom. Beautiful ikat patterns from waste textiles are born again as completely new and beautiful materials.”