Natural fiber made from Washi
Known as “Shosenshi”, paper yarn has older history than hemp or cotton in Japan. Although having excellent quality, paper yarn was hard to mass-produce and expensive. Oji Fiber applied its own know how, state of the art facility, and high technology from the experience of being involved with paper products to establish its own production system for paper yarn. Oji Fiber successfully produced top quality “Paper yarn OJO⁺” which is environmental friendly and mild to skin at available price. Aside from having the lightness of the paper, OJO⁺ has many characteristics as such as being durable, has no fluff, high absorption potential, quick-drying, and has high dye-affinity. Abaca, also known as Manila hemp, is applied as the base material, has fast growth and development, high carbon dioxide absorption potential, non toxic when incinerated, and biodegradable. Abaca is a dream come true eco-friendly material, which weaves into the future of our next generation.
Fiber both friendly to mankind and to the environment
Abaca from Ecuador, which is stronger and high quality when compared with others, is applied as base material of the paper used to make “Paper Yarn OJO⁺.” Not only having outstanding toughness, it is also very light, soft to the touch, and does not have fluff. Paper used as base material must be strong, thin, and homogenous since the yarn is made by twisting paper, which is sliced down to 1mm in width. Compared to wood pulp, abaca has longer fiber, enabling to make stronger paper.
Wonderful encounter between Japanese tradition and technology of Oji Fiber.
- 1. Cultivation process
- Cut down abaca at the base.
- 2. Scutching process
- Tear the sheath to pull out the fiber.
- 3. Pulp production
- Decompose tough fiber of abaca by using special caldron to produce pulp, the base material of paper.
- 4. Paper making process
- Produce at least 20,000m of paper yarn base sheet from pulp.
- 5. Slit Process
- Slit the Washi, the base sheet, to 1~6mm making it into long and narrow tape form.
- 6. Twisting process
- OJO⁺ is completed when paper yarn tape is twisted by applying original technology.
Comparison with other fibers
Miracle fiber made from silky smooth hemp, and paper with strong water resistance.
There are chemical fibers and natural fibers and each has filament and short fibers. Using the vegetable short fibers as the base material, filament is made by plowing long paper making it to become the one and only vegetable filament. Made by abaca, OJO⁺ is a filament finished yarn, having smooth touch with excellence of organic material.
When asked about the base material for paper, we normally associate wood, but the base material of OJO⁺, abaca, is a type of perennial plant. Abaca is a Musaceae plant that inhabits in Philippines, and Ecuador. It takes about 3 years for the plant to grow as tall as 5~6m and 40cm in width, to become as base material. Abaca is very lightweight since its fiber is porous, consisting rich amount of oxygen. It is also highly water resistant not only to pure water, but also to sea water.
Tape and twisted yarn are our main products.
List of twisted yarns applying OJO⁺
* Item not stocked regularly, made to order product.
* The above specifications are subject to change without notice.
Certified organic product both friendly to babies and environment
OJO⁺ is certified by two globally known organizations with strict standards.
OEKO-TEX an independent certification system for textile products, which head quarter is located in Switzerland, certified OJO⁺ as product class 1, articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age (underwear, rompers, clothing, bed linen, terry products etc.)
OJO⁺ is certified as organic product by CERES, Germany, for non-use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides during the farming of base material.
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