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vintage style lace collection
made in Fukui, Japan
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Feb 02, 19 Website open.
Lace that Transcends Preconceptions.
concept.
andante calmly and eloquently transcends
preconceptions of lace as an “elegantly designed,
transparent fabric mainly for use by women.”
Conceived through thoughts on craftsmanship that
fundamentally differs from mass production, ideas that
deviate from conventional theories, and techniques that
have been long cultivated over the years,
is a Japan-made textile like none other before,
which serves to re-question and redefine the beauty of lace.
andante calmly and eloquently transcends
preconceptions of lace as
an “elegantly designed, transparent fabric
mainly for use by women.”
Conceived through thoughts on craftsmanship
that fundamentally differs from mass
production, ideas that deviate from
conventional theories, and techniques that
have been long cultivated over the years, is a
Japan-made textile like none other before,
which serves to re-question and redefine
the beauty of lace.
news.
story.
people.
Masterful technique and
a free sense of spirit pave the path
for new possibilities of lace.
Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture that had flourished in ancient times with the production of silk fabric, and where the textile industry still remains prosperous today.
Hideki Morikawa, who is the third generation successor of his family business and is himself involved in production as a craftsman, came to meet textile designer Kanako Kajihara in February 2018. andante was initiated when one of the fabrics test produced by Morikawa had caught Kajihara’s attention.
Not only the design, but also each and every aspect from the texture, yarn, and processing methods are carefully examined. andante’s stance is to engage with lace from all perspectives to explore possibilities and expressions unfound in conventional lace. All craftsmen involved in the knitting of the lace, are those who have mastered the art of the practice over many decades. Having a thorough knowledge of conventional lace manufacturing enables the creation of high-quality lace while contravening existing theories.
Experienced craftsmen enjoy confronting new challenges. It is in this laboratory-like space that permeates with a calm yet powerful mood, where andante’s textiles are born.
people.
Masterful technique and
a free sense of spirit pave the path
for new possibilities of lace.
Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture that had flourished in ancient times with the production of silk fabric, and where the textile industry still remains prosperous today.
Hideki Morikawa, who is the third generation successor of his family business and is himself involved in production as a craftsman, came to meet textile designer Kanako Kajihara in February 2018. andante was initiated when one of the fabrics test produced by Morikawa had caught Kajihara’s attention.
Not only the design, but also each and every aspect from the texture, yarn, and processing methods are carefully examined. andante’s stance is to engage with lace from all perspectives to explore possibilities and expressions unfound in conventional lace. All craftsmen involved in the knitting of the lace, are those who have mastered the art of the practice over many decades. Having a thorough knowledge of conventional lace manufacturing enables the creation of high-quality lace while contravening existing theories.
Experienced craftsmen enjoy confronting new challenges. It is in this laboratory-like space that permeates with a calm yet powerful mood, where andante’s textiles are born.
technique.
An unrushed knitting process.
A machine that knits time.
andante’s lace is produced by a raschel knitting machine manufactured in 1987 by German textile machinery maker Karl Mayer. There are only two such machines in Japan, both of which are owned by Morikawa Lace Ltd.
The knitting speed is slower compared to high-speed computer-controlled machines that are currently common, thus also requiring the craftsmen to constantly monitor their process and make fine adjustments. Minor machine issues are an everyday occurrence, and the method is far from efficient. However, what is created as a result is a unique textile like none other that makes use of the soft texture distinctive of these machines that knit slowly, as if gently knitting the strands of time.
The craftsmen quietly continue to engage with the lace amidst the rumbling sounds of the knitting machines. Listening closely, and intently in quiet harmony to recognize even the faintest sounds out of the ordinary.
technique.
An unrushed knitting process.
A machine that knits time.
andante’s lace is produced by a raschel knitting machine manufactured in 1987 by German textile machinery maker Karl Mayer. There are only two such machines in Japan, both of which are owned by Morikawa Lace Ltd.
The knitting speed is slower compared to high-speed computer-controlled machines that are currently common, thus also requiring the craftsmen to constantly monitor their process and make fine adjustments. Minor machine issues are an everyday occurrence, and the method is far from efficient. However, what is created as a result is a unique textile like none other that makes use of the soft texture distinctive of these machines that knit slowly, as if gently knitting the strands of time.
The craftsmen quietly continue to engage with the lace amidst the rumbling sounds of the knitting machines. Listening closely, and intently in quiet harmony to recognize even the faintest sounds out of the ordinary.
lace making
Hideki Morikawa
Morikawa Lace Ltd. www.morikawa-lace.com
Morikawa Lace Ltd. has continued to engage in the manufacturing of lace fabrics in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture that had f lourished in ancient times with the production of silk fabric, and where the textile industry still remains prosperous today.
Hideki Morikawa, who is the third generation successor of his family business and is himself involved in production as a craftsman, came to meet textile designer Kanako Kajihara in February 2018. andante was initiated when one of the fabrics test produced by Morikawa had caught Kajihara’s attention.
Not only the design, but also each and every aspect from the texture, yarn, and processing methods are carefully examined. andante’s stance is to engage with lace from all perspectives to explore possibilities and expressions unfound in conventional lace. All craftsmen involved in the knitting of the lace, are those who have mastered the art of the practice over many decades. Having a thorough knowledge of conventional lace manufacturing enables the creation of high-quality lace while contravening existing theories.
Experienced craftsmen enjoy confronting new challenges. It is in this laboratory-like space that permeates with a calm yet powerful mood, where andante’s textiles are born.
www.morikawa-lace.com
Hideki Morikawa
creative direction
Kanako Kajihara
Kanako Kajihara www.kajihara-design.com
Born 1973, Hokkaido, Japan. Kanako Kajihara graduated from BA Textile Design, going on to Tama Art University in Tokyo to specialize in Weaving and Dyeing. She joined the pleats collection and printed textile design team at ISSEY MIYAKE Co., Ltd., thereafter traveling to London, England to further her studies, enrolling in the MA Fashion and Textiles, Constructed Weave Course at the Royal College of Art (RCA). After completing her degree, she began her career as a freelance textile designer in Europe, later returning to Japan where she began to focus her energy on developing materials in collaboration with local manufacturers, proposing a variety of projects to the fashion and interiors industry both in Japan and overseas. In 2006, she established her own design studio, KAJIHARA DESIGN STUDIO, expanding her practice into the field of fashion accessories and interior products while advancing further collaboration with numerous designers and companies.
www.kajihara-design.com
Kanako Kajihara
collection.
Design, coloring, and texture that overturns the existing concepts
of lace. At the base of andante, is the traditional Japanese
sensitivity and aesthetic of finding beauty in aged and
long-cherished things. The collection is a borderless and
genderless line-up reminiscent of vintage textiles that mature in
value over long periods of time. In additional to textiles,
original products are also anticipated to be released in the future.
Design, coloring, and texture that overturns the existing concepts of lace.
At the base of andante, is the traditional Japanese sensitivity and aesthetic of finding beauty in aged and long-cherished things.
The collection is a borderless and genderless line-up reminiscent of vintage textiles that mature in value over long periods of time.
In additional to textiles, original products are also anticipated to be released in the future.
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