Orit Scarves

Katsuhiko Ae 

Katsuhiko Ae, President

orit. is a scarf brand of the AE Handkerchief CO.,LTD, a company founded in 1868, in the Hyogo region of Japan. For 5 generations, they have been specialised in the production of "Banshu-ori", traditionally dyed cotton fabric of the highest quality.

Proud to be upholding the 200 year-old Banshu-ori tradition, orit. say that their products are "woven in Japan", rather than "made". Banshu-ori is a traditional weaving technique of the Hyogo region which is characterized by "Sakizome", the method by which the thread is dyed prior to weaving. Sakizome allows the craftsmen to create very precise patterns and arrange colours in a truly unique way.  Check out our blog post on orit. here for more details on this technique.

In a typically Japanese way, the orit. range is a fusion of tradition and cutting edge techniques. Banshu craftsmen from families that have been employed by the company for several generations work with designers firmly ensconced in the 21st century, to create beautifully made woven scarves in stunning designs. The scarves are often woven on vintage looms, these looms weave slowly, without applying tension to the thread, producing a very soft and surprisingly gentle texture. They are very lightweight and pleasant to wear. These vintage looms also allow the craftsman to finish the edges in a (much neater) "selvedge" (seamless).

Due to the nature of these older looms and of the natural materials used, you may sometimes see a (rare) variation in the weave of your scarf and the highly saturated yarns will fade slightly when the scarf is handwashed (see care instructions here), both characteristics ensuring that your scarf is truly unique and will just get more beautiful with use.

We offer orit. scarves in 100% cotton (feels like silk), silk & cotton and cashmere+silk+cotton. By investing in an orit. product, you are helping preserve a 200 year old craft and will be able to enjoy a beautifully made scarf which is like no other for many years. 

We recommend checking out the orit. care instructions to ensure long-lasting usage.