What started off as a major producer of fine Japanese threads, DARUMA has entered the yarn world in the 1950s with beautiful and high quality yarns. While their products have been well-loved throughout Japan for decades, their unique GENMOU yarn is the first to go international, with a beautiful shipment landing here in space.
When DARUMA went through the brainstorming process to create GENMOU, they were interested in creating a light weight and very soft yarn, something easily done with synthetics. And yet they desired a 100% wool yarn. What makes GENMOU so special is its construction. To achieve the light weight characteristic they desired, DARUMA decided to ply unspun carded wool together with threads spun out of the same wool. The threads hold the unspun fibers together and give the yarn a unique texture. After all, GENMOU is Japanese for raw wool.
The price is temporary, but the quality is eternal. -Chozaemon Yokota, founder of the DARUMA company
GENMOU is entirely spun and dyed in Japan, but all the wool is sourced from the finest Australian merino.
So, what does one make with unique Japanese yarn? DARUMA teamed up with the folks at amirisu to create the GENMOU 2017 collection, filled with ten beautiful patterns from some of your favorite designers, each of which highlight the yarn’s soft texture.
The entire collection is made even more special by being photographed by Japanese pop culture photographer Kotori Kawashima in DARUMA’s factory in the Shiga Prefecture right outside Kyoto.
- Hagoromo Cardigan by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
- Hishi-Mochi Scarf by Rie
- Kagome Beanie by Veera Välimäki
- Kujaku Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska
- Minamo Shawl by yellowcosmo
- Shirakaba Cardigan by Rie
- Shizuku Pullover by Justyna Lorkowska
- Tsukushi Cardigan by Veera Välimäki
- Wadachi Pullover by yellowcosmo
- Yabane Cowl by Keiko Kikuno
- 100% Austrailian merino wool, spun and dyed in Japan
- DK weight
- 165 yards (151 m)
- 19-21 stitches and 27-30 rows per 4” on a US 5-7 (3.75 – 4.5 mm) needle
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