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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.

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“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.”

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