What is Habutae ?
- "Habutae" (habutae silk in English) is a kind of plain woven silk cloth with warp and weft yarns alternately interwoven.
- Habutae is woven using two thinner warp yarns for each one weft yarn so that its texture becomes soft, light and with silky glaze.
- Habutae is a traditional Japanese woven cloth, which is said to have originated in the early-modern times.
- From around 1877, research to improve looms was promoted in Kyoto and in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture.
- In around 1887, production of habutae began in Kawamata-cho in Fukushima Prefecture, Ishikawa Prefecture, Fukui Prefecture and others.
- During the Meiji period, habutae was the main item among silk fabrics exported from Japan.
- It was vigorously exported to Europe and America, supporting the growth of Japanese industry.
- There were two kinds of habutae, one being for domestic market and another for export.
What Makes it Stand Out
- Fineness, light weight, softness, sheen and silky hand.
- Inexpensive and is also known as China Silk.
- Good thermoregulation.
|Texture||Smooth , silky|
Applications & Usage
- Most commonly used for lining, as well as for creating summer blouses, pareo, light lingerie and scarves .
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- Pre-wash the fabric if you wish, using the method you plan to launder the finished garment.
- 100% silk habutae should only de dry cleaned.
- Hung to dry.
- Dry iron .