裂き織りとは / SAKIORI

Literally translated “tear-weave,” this is a form of weaving from the Edo period, in which old, well-worn cloth is torn into thin strips and woven, and transformed into clothing or daily commodities. This handwork that female farmworkers performed during the off-season, recycling old cloth, an item not necessarily cheap, emerged fromthe custom of treating things preciously by “utilizing them to the fullest.”
By using cotton thread as “vertical” warp and torn strips as “horizontal” weft, sakiori creates durable and warm textile which softens through continued use. The joy of combining warps of various colors with arrays of strips gives a handcraft feel to this weaving, also known as sakuori, sakkori, or tsuzure, etc. depending on region.

<The Artisans at Odamaki>
Pondering “Am I weaving well?” “What design can I use?” every day, the artisans continuously evolve. Given that their moods can change from day to day and fabric requires days to complete, weaving paces the artisans through today into tomorrow.

ODAMAKI の裂き織りができるまで



Receiving Kimono donations

At Odamaki, we receive donations of kimono and yukata (summer-wear kimono), the material for producing sakiori, from residents of our community. We take the kimono apart and retain the thread. Disassembling kimono helps to relieve stress. Donors tell us, “It’ s hard to part with these garments Grandma wore ... please make good use of them.” We thereby do our best making products in tribute to the sentiments of kimono donors.




Although the artisans can freely make any designs they wish, we also hold drawing and design sessions several times a month. We may, for example, create designs from imagery generated by smelling the coffee or plants and flowers. We strive to keep in touch with the seasons and apply our five senses to expand our imagination.



Making strips

From piles of cloth, we select ones that suit our designs, wash and scissor them into strips, and wind the strips into cloth-balls.




We perform intricate tasks of choosing warp thread, sleying, threading, etc., and wind thread onto the loom. After wrapping the cloth-ball onto the shuttle, we pass it through the loom from right to left, step on the alternate treadle, and beat the reed. Using strength, carefully avoiding doubling and keeping sides straight, we weave up textile, while sometimes chanting, “Pass the shuttle through, step with other foot, knock on the reed!♪” We are focused when weaving, working quietly at our own pace.




Volunteers are the ones who primarily process our woven fabric, with a “tuck, tuck” to any lumps or a “snip, snip” to any fuzz on the surface. Fabric made at Odamaki is not straight as ready-made ones are. This is because material cloth vary in width and hardness and cannot be beaten in as consistently as by machine. In making products, we make certain the grain of fabric does not bend or warp, adjusting every item through trial and error, to ensure our products are sturdy and long-lasting.



〒187-0043 東京都小平市学園東町 1-23-23 おだまき工房内
TEL/FAX 042-341-7107
10:00 ~ 17:00 土日祝 休み


ODAMAKI の裂き織りづくりを見学したい!織り上がった反物を見たい!

〒187-0031 東京都小平市小川東町 4-2-1 小平元気村おがわ東
TEL/FAX 042-346-4530