Washi fabrics that only our company can weave in Japan

I want to protect nature with washi                                                                            All products shown in the photos are worn by Nekiro.


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Unprecedented softness! Plus super absorbency!

What is Nekiro?

What is the world's first washi textile?

There are many products using washi, but our company does not apply twisted threads to washi.

We have achieved softness, lightness, and warmth with our unique technology.

Please look at the drape that can be felt from the pictures of our products.

As you can see in the photo, Nekiro is our fabric woven from washi without twisting.

Nekiro is our fabric woven without twisting the washi. Usually, it is crushed so it does not look like a tape, but it is washi without twisted threads.The advantage of fabric woven with non-twisted washi is its softness. In addition, since it is not stranded with twisted threads, it has the following advantages.It is a fabric that can maximize the good points of washi such as improvement of water absorbency, antibacterial deodorization, good texture, and warmth.It is a fabric that has been able to maximize the good points of washi.

Clothes weighing the equivalent of 1.5 cans of coffee.

This garment weighs a whopping 256g including shoulder pads and lined buttons!

It is so light that you feel like you are not wearing it even if you are!

The fabric is made of 37% washi with a blend of non-classified fibers.

Now is the time for Nekiro in a heatwave.

Quickly absorbs unpleasant perspiration!

The softness is evident from the pics!

Thin and light, but warm in winter!



  Part No. OR89-2

Material Washi, rayon 

Mixture: 20% washi , 80% rayon

Washi slit width 2mm

Main applications: Scarves, stoles, etc.

 Weave: Plain weave

Characteristics Very soft and water-wicking fabric 

Part No. OR176

Material Washi, cotton, rayon

Mixture: washi 20%, cotton 47%, rayon 33

Washi slit width 2mm

Main applications: Shirts, home wear, etc.

Characteristics Thick twill fabric

Part No. OR181

Material Washi, cotton, rayon

Mixture 33% washi, 30% cotton, 37% rayon

Washi slit width 4mm

Main applications Jacket, home wear, etc.

Characteristics Textured and firm fabric

Part No. OR183

Material Washi, rayon

Mixture 33% Japanese paper, 67% rayon

Washi slit width 4mm

Main uses: Towel scarf, etc.

Characteristics Fluffy to the touch

Antibacterial deodorant formaldehyde test results No antibacterial agent soaked!

antibacterial test

Deodorant effect

Formaldehyde Effect

Can textiles with paper in them be washed?

Washi does not dissolve in washing or water.

It is exposed to water for a long time in the dyeing process, but there is no problem.

How to wash wash washi fabric

Depending on the product, outerwear should be dry-cleaned.

If you wash it by yourself, please do not soak it in water for a long time, wash it lightly, wring it out lightly and hang it to dry. Avoid tumbler drying

If you soak the garment in water for a long time and tumble dry it, it may shrink.

For our scarves and other products where a little shrinkage is not a concern, normal washing is fine.

For scarves made of our Washi fabric NEKIRO

Usually, the more times the scarf is washed in the laundry, the softer it becomes and the more it becomes very textured.

Washi becomes soft when it is rubbed. Washing is the same as rubbing Washi.

Also, as described on the HOME page, it has high antibacterial properties.

How long have washi fabrics been available?

It was 17 years ago when we started our business of washi weaving, and it was said that it had been 30 years since washi fabric was made by slitting washi into tape and applying twisted yarn.

So it has been 47 years, or about half a century.

Why was a washi fabric with half a century of history unknown to the general public?


 I think it is amazing that someone thought of making Washi into yarn. I also think the person who mechanized paper using the washi manufacturing method

I think it is amazing. However, I think it was not possible to weave without twisting the yarn at the stage of weaving.

I think it is amazing that people have mechanized the paper making process. I think that twisting yarn made the texture of washi fabric worse and it did not become popular.

I think that the application of twisted yarn may have made the texture of washi fabric worse and prevented it from becoming popular. Recently, Washi paper that has been twisted once is put back together or stonewashed

We believe that the texture of twisted paper is not so good.

We disliked the texture of twisted paper and wondered if we could weave it with non-twisted yarns.

Nekiro was born. In the photo, from left to right: 1mm, 2mm, 4mm, and 10mm slit.

These yarns are woven in this state.

Nekiro is a Washi fabric developed by ORIKEN Corporation.

Nowadays, we see artificial materials everywhere, for example many and various kinds of plastics and synthetic fibers.

These help our daily life conveniently, however in a flood of such products, we are blind to the beauties and preciousness of nature.

It is a cue to think "return to nature" !

To remind everybody about wonderful products of nature, we got an idea to develop new cloth woven with natural materials, rayon and washi.

Rayon is well known material made from natural cellulose (carbon hydrate).

Handmade washi is made from bark of some kinds of tree, Manila hemp is used for machine-made washi.

Washi products can be found everywhere, quality letter paper, interior decorations like wall paper, lamp shade, sliding doors in Japanese rooms, etc.

Fiber of washi can hold moisture, so that it can keep ambient humidity properly by absorbing and emitting moisture like breathing.

Additionally, odor is dissolved by the moisture in the fiber.

After long weaving trial we have achieved to get comfortable feel of the fabric, and named it Nekiro.

It is woven with rayon as warp and rayon/washi alternately as weft.

The weft washi is supplied as narrow tape of various width depending on the products, and is inserted as it is, not twisted (!).

This exclusive weaving technology gives the cloth gentle and smooth feel and harmless to human skin and good finish if dyed.

Such merit motivated some clothing companies recently to introduce Nekiro for various apparel.

Because of the natural material, it doesn't cause any environmental destructions at disposal.

Washi in the cloth is not weakened by washing if washing machine is used (select "soft" or similar program).

are expecting our Nekiro We akes all the people in the world smile !

Try its gentle and smooth feel !!

Thank you.

Chiyoko KAMEI

ORIKEN Co., Ltd.