At Ojie, nothing is left to chance. The patterns of our silk squares and accessories are all imagined and hand drawn by designer Julia. Each silk square is preciously printed and rolled by hand in the French way in Lyon, the silk capital of France. The box that protects your silk square is also made in France. Ojie supports French know-how and craftsmanship. From the creation of the pattern, through the printing, to the rolled up, everything is done with respect for traditions.
Reasons to no longer know where to turn
The motif is obtained by repeating drawings at a regular pace. It is the regularity of the rhythm which gives the motif this indefinite, infinite character. In the world of textiles and design, there are several kinds of patterns: placed, semi-placed, all-over, etc. Whether geometric, floral or arabesque, the pattern has been around for millennia. It is used for dressing, coloring, tapestries, objects, clothes, etc. The pattern gives the wearer a unique timeless character due to its infinity. A fun trick, it has been subject to interpretation since the dawn of time, arouses curiosity and invites discussion. It was at the beginning of the 17th century that the woven pattern appeared on silk. Whether woven or printed, the pattern is still talking about it.
"The design of an Ojie silk scarf is made from a unique pattern drawn by hand and composed of different elements from the imagination. Each element has its place, and a universe takes shape before our eyes. It suffices to change a line, a color, and the square then takes on a completely different shape. This is what makes the pattern and each of our designs unique. Once the design is done on paper, the pattern comes to life, animated by a carefully defined color palette. Shades always more vibrant than each other, for a perfect marriage between imagination and reality. All of our designs tell stories, endlessly interpretable. "
Our silks from Lyon.
From Princess XiÂ Ling Shi to our silk fabrics from Lyon, the history of silk has traveled the world and time before becoming this noble material prized by the greatest houses of French haute couture. Initially, silk was reserved exclusively for the Chinese imperial family, but very quickly France seized this noble material thanks, it is said, to Louis XI who would have built the first silk production in France, in Lyon. In order to perpetuate this tradition, all of our Ojie silk squares are delicately crafted in a Lyon silk workshop whose know-how is an integral part of French heritage and craftsmanship. All our silk squares are delicately crafted in Lyon, according to the rules of the art, and perpetuates this unique Lyon tradition which is an integral part of French heritage and craftsmanship.
Before being silk, the precious thread produced by worms, says Bombyx, undergoes a whole process in order to be prepared for its future use. First of all, the threads are twisted, that is to say twisted several times between them in order to obtain a supple silk. The silk is then scoured, before being dyed, then woven on a loom that interweaves warp and weft threads, which gives these oblique grooves characteristic of silk twill. This type of weaving allows a unique color vibrance specific to silk twill. On this blank canvas, our designs will be printed using a unique inkjet printing technology. This technique allows for a nice crossing of colors on both sides of the twill. Indeed, the silk twill used measures 14 mommes, which is thick enough to give hold, flexibility and density to the silk square. But this twill, appreciated by connoisseurs, requires some knowledge to be able to be dyed evenly. The Lyon silk workshop with which we work has this sought-after know-how and allows our designs to be ever more vibrant on silk.
In order to finalize the rendering, the silk square is cut by hand by an experienced seamstress who makes the hand-rolled French-style. The seamstress rolls the edge of the square with her fingertips and uses thread and needle to sew the finish of the side where the design is printed. This precious technique gives the bob a delicate and structuring drape that is impressive even from afar.