Ki-ori Tennâge, from Zeroone Products, Inc., is a woven textile made from wood veneer. Combined with the latest technology, Tennâge slits its flexible veneer into 2 millimeter strips, and weaves it using the method of the traditional Japanese woven textile, Kyoto-Nishijin-ori, but produced by machines.
Horizontal threads can be silk, cotton, polyester or any other materials. Thirty-three species, including oak, birch, cherry and ash, are shown at the company's website.
Applications include lamp shades and electronics cases - iPad cases in ebony and silverheart wood veneer Ki-ori Tennâge are shown at the website.
"By using Tennâge as a vertical thread, we can weave wider fabrics and textiles with an automatic high-speed machine, making it much quicker," says the company. "Therefore, we can mass-produce it at a reasonable price."
The root of Kyoto Nishijin-ori weaving goes back to 794 A.D., when it was woven as an extremely luxurious textile for Imperial court nobles. The art of Nishijin-ori flourished, supported by the patronage of both the Imperial court and great Samurai lords.
Zeroone Products, Inc. was funded beginning in 1999, to produce a “Natural Wood Sheet Development Business,” by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industries’ Small and Medium Business Promotion Act.
It received permission to undertake research in the laboratories of the Ryukoku University Extension Center. In 2000, it expanded the business and established a partner company, Onlyone Products, Inc. in the United States, headed by Tomoe Maeda Santillan.