ak-1 Akagi raw silk
ak-1 Akagi raw silk
ak-1 Akagi raw silk
ak-1 Akagi raw silk

ak-1 Akagi raw silk


 

A hand reeled raw silk from Fujimi village, which is located at the foothill of Akagi mountain, Gunma prefecture in Japan. There used to be approx. 2000 farmers reeling this silk in the winter time to earn extra income. Now there is only a handful.

It was considered a "left over" poor men's silk as the farmers used cocoons, which were not clean, disfigured or with 2 worms tangled up inside - This is called "tama mayu.". This is the reason you will find small bumpy textures.

It is also much lighter in weight, and has more stretch than a machine reeled silk because of the slow hand reeling process. It is not "pulled," so the air remains in the silk. There is a minimal, but just enough twist. It is softer when degummed. This is a much appreciated character for weavers, who specialize in creating kimono fabrics, since the fabric will spring back to the original state even after long hours of sitting on the floor with knees pushing against the fabric.

It is a raw undegummed silk. Please use a swift when winding.

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unit size: approx. 1.5 - 2 oz.
content: 100% silk
yardage: approx. 1800-1900 yards
weight: super lace
suggested epi for weaving: 50-60
suggested needle size for knitting: Please try with a few strands together.