photo Pongee


This is a type of silk weave done with spun silk threads. Pongee's surface is not as smooth or glossy as that of silk woven with raw silk threads, and it has a plainer, more casual look. Traditionally it was often woven in striped or kasuri patterns, but recently it is possible to produce a wide range of gradations and other designs using various types of dyed threads.


Did you know?

Pongee fabric is highly suitable for kimonos and obi (kimono sashes) because of its strong, supple texture.


How to make spun silk thread

  1. (1) Silkworms produce thread that forms a cocoon
  2. (2) From left: Raw silk thread, cocoon fibers (floss), silkworm cocoon
  3. (3) Draw thread out of the cocoon fibers
  4. (4) Dip the thread in dye

How to weave pongee fabric

  1. (1) Align vertical threads (warp threads) of a certain number and length on the warp beam of a loom, and wind them up
  2. (2) Wind horizontal threads (weft threads) on to a bobbin and place it on a device called a shuttle
  3. (3) Weave the threads together by passing the weft threads on the shuttle through the warp threads on the loom
  4. (4) A piece of fabric about 40 centimeters wide and 13 meters long is enough for one kimono
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo / List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)


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