|Even though the cutting process seems straightforward, this step is tremendously important in defining the result by forming the outer shell of the product itself. Some details need to be taken into consideration when doing this process. From which direction was the fabric weaved, the stencil placements, to which direction the fabric grainline is facing.|
|The sewing steps are the initial assembly process that will turn pieces of cloth into a shadow of the final product. This step is the only process that is done with a sewing machine. Our team seamsters carefully prep and iron each cloth before sewing, making sure of an even and clean result.|
|The stuffing process is not only when the result takes its shape, but it is also when the balance and comfort level of the product is determined. To insert the stuffing, a hand layering technique is used. More layers of cotton will be concentrated in the area of the cushion that will be subjected to pressure when used. This technique will extend the longevity of the product. In the Shiki futon-making process, the cotton is meticulously layered on top of the outer fabric. After, the fabric is flipped inside out carefully as not to disrupt the layering of the cotton.|
|In the final finishing process, the leftover opening is sewn shut either by hand with an invisible stitch, or in the case of larger products, with a sewing machine. Lastly, a tassel is handstitched to different parts of the Shiki futon mattress. The tassels do not only function as decoration but also help keep the inner stuffing in place.|
Similar making methods are applied across our products, so we hope that we are able to provide a clear image of much time and care we put into crafting each and everyone of our products.