Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that its proprietary synthetic opal material, "Kyoto Opal," is being utilized in a textile for the first time. As part of the Hashiru Nippon-Ichi, a program promoting Japanese souvenirs, the "Kyoto Playful Opal Color Hand-Printed Scarf" was selected for the "Old Capitals: Kyoto and Nara" project. The program is developed by the JR-West Group and Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, a 300-year old company manufacturing ramie cloth in Nara Prefecture. The new scarf was launched last month and will be available until late-February on the Sanyo Shinkansen train and " JAPANSQUARE," an online store delivering Japan-made items around the world. The opal material sparkles in seven colors depending on the angle, with the white and pink base appearing in different lights. The new scarf integrates Kyocera's fine ceramic technology with Japanese traditional dyeing techniques to provide a special souvenir for visitors to Japan. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161114005614/en/
Kyoto Playful Opal Color Hand-Printed Scarf with Kyoto Opal material (Photo: Business Wire)
The concept of the "Kyoto Playful Opal Color Hand-Printed" scarf was inspired by Kyoto's traditional culture of dressing in layered kimonos to enjoy the contrast of colors. The scarf is dyed white and pale pink tones to suggest winter snow and budding cherry blossoms with resplendent opal accents in a variety of rich and subtle hues. The powdered Kyoto Opal is blended with the fabric dye to enable printing the opal directly on the fabric. The dyeing itself is performed one piece at a time by artisans from Some Komori in Kyoto. About Kyoto Opal "Kyoto Opal" is a term of endearment for the synthetic opal material developed by Kyocera in Kyoto, Japan. Seeming identical to naturally occurring opal, Kyoto Opal overcomes the gem's inherent brittleness, which tends to split and crack, enabling the material to be cut into diverse shapes. It can be used in a wide variety of applications providing rich and subtle hues and tints with special coloring techniques. Kyocera's proprietary technology features a unique aesthetic quality that cannot be duplicated by other molded resin-based products.