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Why are we using it?

It is both extremely strong and resistant to age and wear. Its texture and hand-feel are unsurpassed. It's timeless.

CANVAS

is a heavy-duty fabric that dates back to ancient Egypt. First used by boat builders as a sail cloth, canvas' durability and waterproof characteristics made it a desired cloth for everything from tents to bags. Originally named for the hemp fibers or cannabis that the ancient Greeks used, canvas is now also made from other materials, such as cotton, linen, polyester, nylon and more. In canvas, the weave and weft are aligned, forming a simple criss-cross pattern known as plain weave. It is this tight weave that makes canvas both sturdy and resistant to wear.

 

DIMINISHING JAPANESE CRAFT

Our canvas is made in an eighty-year old mill in Kurashiki, Japan. Dedicated to preserving traditional weaving techniques, this family-run mill still uses shuttle-looms from the 1930s. Tuning the old shuttle-looms so they yield the finest cloth requires years of experience, and done by senior artisans who have been in the craft for decades.

Sadly, it is nearly impossible to attract younger generations into learning and preserving this craft. With the current masters approaching retirement age, the almost century-old art in Japan may come to its end.

 

SHUTTLE LOOMS

make use of a spindle-shaped device known as a shuttle, which carries a continuous weft across the weave of the loom. Shuttle looms are not well-suited to mass production, and were eclipsed by newer technologies in the 1950s. However select artisans held on to the method, refining it to an art and creating a canvas cloth, which is unparalleled in its density, durability and hand-feel.

WAXED CANVAS

refers to a canvas that has been treated with a wax-based finish in order to ensure water repellency and durability. Rubbed into the canvas' fibers, the wax acts as both a sealant and an added protection barrier for the natural fibers.

 

The production process is time consuming.

A week of meticulous labor goes into preparing the warp reel with it's thousands of yarns.

It then takes each loom a whole day to weave only 50 meters of a 36-inch wide canvas.