A New Japanese Yarn From Amirisu ~ Genmou

It’s the international launch day for a fabulous new Japanese wool yarn ~ Genmou. It’s a collaboration between the Japanese spinning company Daruma (who make our wonderful Buaisou indigo threads) and Amirisu!

Together they are making a beautiful new yarn, Genmou, and some stunning patterns to go with it!

Amirisu produce a beautiful magazine, from Japan. We are so proud that a few years ago, when they began, Loop was their very first stockist!

Shirakaba Cardi by Rie shown in Colour 16 at Loop London

Shirakaba Cardi by Rie shown in Colour 16

They wanted to produce a yarn that complemented their design ideals so they turned to Daruma, who have been spinning since 1901, but have a modern outlook. Daruma produce refined and well-designed products and kits for hand sewing.

Kagame Beanery Veera Valimaki at Loop London

Kagome Beanie by Veera Valimaki in colour 8

Beginning as makers of silk thread for Japanese Kimonos, Daruma have always made excellent quality fibres. As soon as Susan saw the yarn and the incredible palette of bright happy colours as well as the wide range of neutrals, she was smitten.

Wadachi pullover at Loop London

Wadachi pullover in Genmou. Designed by yellowcosmo. Shown in colour 3.

Once they started talking, Daruma and Amirisu discovered they had shared tastes and values. Amirisu wanted to bring great Japanese products to international customers, while Daruma wanted help entering the international market.  Their goals matched very nicely.

Daruma launched a knitting yarn in Japan, called Genmou. Light and airy, it’s  a very soft yarn made from twisting merino wool very lightly. There is a second merino thread spun around the main merino fibre. The effect is very beautiful.

The name comes from the texture and softness, like raw wool before spinning. ‘GENMOU’ means raw wool in Japanese.
Daruma and Amirisu agreed it’s a unique yarn, perfect for launching to an international market . During the first year of their collaboration, they spent a lot of time introducing the Daruma team to the yarn business outside of Japan, including high quality yarns and how they are sold, while also narrowing down the list of great designers they wanted to work with, developing patterns.
Kujaku Shawl at Loop London

Kujaku Shawl by Justyna Lorkowska. Shown in colours 1, 15 and 15.

They are delighted with how the designers made the most of the yarn’s airy quality, and used the pop colors such as orange and green effectively.

Blue and Green Genmou at Loop London

Genmou blues and greens

The collection photos were taken at one of Daruma’s factories by a renowned Japanese photographer, Kotori Kojima.

Shizuku pullover at Loop London

Shizuku pullover by Justyna Lorkoska. Shown in colour 5.

The result is very unique and Japanese.

Yabane Cowl in Genmou at Loop London

Yabane Cowl in Genmou by Keiko Kikuno. Shown in colours 19 and 1.

Loop is proud to stock all 20 colours of Genou and to be the London flagship shop for both Daruma yarns and their patterns, which have been commissioned in collaboration with Amirisu magazine.

Genmou in Neutral Colours at Loop London

Genmou in their beautiful neutral colours

Genmou is 100% Merino wool, sold in 50g balls of 151 metres (165 yards).

Hishi Mochi Scarf at Loop London

Hishi-mochi Scarf in Genmou deigned by Rie. Show in colours 1 and 6.

We’re so thrilled to introduce you to this very unusual and beautiful yarn and all the great patterns. All of the yarns and patterns are now in the London shop and online at Loop. We hope you love them all as much as we do. Happy knitting!

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