NEKIRO is the world's first washi fabric

I want to protect nature with washi


Nekiro" New cloth with rayon・Cotton and washi(Japanese paper) developed by ORIKEN

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 mWe akes all the people in the world smile !
Try its gentle and smooth feel !!

Thank you.

Chiyoko KAMEI
ORIKEN Co., Ltd.

What is Nekiro?

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.

The softness is evident from the pics!

Thin and light, but warm in winter!



  Part No. OR89-2

Material Washi, rayon 

Mixture: 20% washi paper, 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!