Established in 1923, the SOTOH Group is headquartered in Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture. With their deep-rooted spirit and independent strengths and know-how in planning, development, procurement, and sales, the company has shown persistent effort and risen to various challenges. The SOTOH Group has founded its business on its renowned textile processing mill. At present, the mill operates looms and knitting machines to produce a wide variety of fabrics including wool, silk, cloth, and jersey.
A wool washing machine. The woven wool is washed and kneaded to create the foundation for wool texture.
*This roller is made from a sakura tree, deemed the best material to create quality textured wools.
The wool is kneaded to entangle the fibers, creating a finely woven fabric.
Woven Textile, Knitting
Pre-weave warping machine. The density and width of the warp are closely monitored, as this important step determines the overall quality of the fabric.
Rapier and air-jet looms are used to produce the weft. The dyeing process can take place either before or after weaving, and the looms are also capable of brushing and creating characters with fleecing.
The mill is capable of producing simple jersey materials to complex jacquard designs.
The knitting mill, also operated on the property, enables the company to supply both cloth and jersey fabrics.
Inspection and Quality Management
In addition to thorough quality management, the SOTOH Group built a quality research lab, enabling the company to perform various tests in-house, including colorfastness, water repellancy, tear, etc.
The SOTOH Group provides weaving, knitting, and processing capabilities, offering the designer infinite possibilities to maximize wool's potential.
The mill operates a warping machine to produce sample rolls prior to production. *Please contact the showroom for the production of original fabrics.
The SOTOH Group's Yonezawa Factory in Yamagata Prefecture specializes in the production of jacquard weaves, and is long known for their original Yonezawa weave. The factory continues to produce original, traditional products.
A special dry-touch, cross-weave jacquard creates beautiful, sheer fabric.
Created on a vintage shuttle loom specifically for jacquard. The slow weave technique creates a beautiful texture.
Perforated jacquard cards determine the pattern woven on the material. One row of holes corresponds to one row of the design. The more intricate the pattern, the more cards that are required.
The SOTOH Group aims to produce high-quality textiles that speak to customers' sensibilities. Utilizing their unique equipment for all processes from weaving and knitting to final processing, they are able to produce creative and unparalleled fabrics.