ECO TEXTILES: Hana Mitsui uses Japanese weaving to recreate fabric from waste.

27. October 2018 | Material | via

In contrast with the warm, durable workwear of her forebears, however, Mitsui's creations are unmistakably high fashion. (

One man's trash is Hana Mitsui's treasure, Jasmin Malik Chua writs in her article on The Royal College of Art student has developed a process to transform deadstock fabrics into luxurious new garments. Mitsui, who received the "Visionary Process" award at the 2014 SustainRCA Show & Awards earlier this month, based her technique on the art of sakiori, a type of rag-weaving popular in Edo-era Japan. "One of the most important aspect of my theme is to recreate fabrics and to add value to the waste," Mitsui writes on her website. "There are a huge amount of waste materials from fashion industry every season."