Textile of the Week: 201110 Ro
Below is a classic example of ro.
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Classic Ro Weave 代表的な絽織り
Sample 201110-Classic Ro $12 plus postage and tax. ($12 even for subscribers. For more information about subscriptions, click on this text.)
Based on the length of the bolt and the texture, it was most likely intended to be used in designing a summer haori. (Although it states 13.5m, there is actually only 10m to the new bolt.)
Bolt for Summer Haori
One of the attractive features of this silk fabric is an almost linen-like stiffness. Coupled with the lozenge-shaped pattern, it is ideal for summer wear–it will stand away from the wearer’s body and allow any hint of breeze to cool unhindered.

If we zoom in to focus on how this lozenge pattern in achieved, it is easy to see that the twisting pairs are actually made up of two sets of four threads. Each bundle of four makes an allemande right, followed by a left. In between the partners divide into parallel rows of eight and are worked as a flat weave. Twist/flat, twist/flat, repeated throughout the entire bolt is what created this seemingly complex motif.
Over-all View of Ro Weave
Detail of Structure Focusing on Twists Combined with Areas of Flat Weave
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