Our Thread Leather Collection textiles are inspired by Samurai armor, which often combined the strength and flexibility of leather with the beauty and elegance of urushi lacquer and gold leaf. We weave this textile on a customized vintage ‘hikibaku sochi’ loom that was used for weaving obi sash in the traditional ‘haku’ technique, in which gold leaf, mother of pearl and other precious materials were adhered to washi paper, cut into strips and woven into the obi. These textiles are meticulously handcrafted and we are not aware of a similar textile in the world. People find the tactile feel of the textiles to be especially seductive.
Meticulously hand-crafted precious metal leafed leather textile.
Izutsu collaborates with traditional Kyoto gold leaf and urushi lacquer artisans to create this one of a kind textile. The finest leather is leafed with real gold leaf, adhered with urushi lacquer. The leather is then milled and cut into ‘threads’. The textile is woven with Vectran thread, the strongest fiber in the world, making an extremely durable yet elegant fabric.
The gold surface may have protective and, or matte coatings applied.