Ito Asobi Tango Textiles

An Atelier Continuously Keep Thriving to Challenge

Since Tango flourished as a subcontracting production area for Nishijin-ori, it has been actively challenging work that is troublesome and cannot be handled by others, focusing on silk materials based on the company’s philosophy of “clothing is from 1 m, kimono is from 1 tan (反, unit for measuring kimono fabrics)”.

Toru YamamotoCreative Studio Ito Asobi
Established in 1945. In addition to their unique weaving technology, fabric making that cannot be produced in other production areas, and Tango’s unique weaving and twisting techniques, we are focusing on the development of textiles that mix various yarn types and dyeing.

Tango Textiles

The history of silk fabrics in the Tango region is long, and silk fabrics woven in Tottori, tango province during the Nara period, were presented to Emperor Seimu, and it remains as a shosoin product. The climate of the Tango region is severe with snow in the seasonal wind in winter, and the seasonal wind called “Uranishi” which blows from autumn to winter brings moisture to rain. Thanks to this, it has developed as a production area for high-quality silk fabrics that brings high-quality water and moderate humidity. 70% of the white fabric of kimono is woven in Tango.

  • Ribbon weaving was born as one of the decorative expressions for obi. This technique was born in which the technique of weaving a ribbon into a part as an accent that was sublimated, and all warp was composed of a ribbon.

  • They are actively taking on the challenge of making materials other than silk yarn into textiles. They take the initiative to work complex and time-consuming, and they are mastering complex textile development technology.