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Noro yarns, produced in Japan by Eisaku Noro Company, Ltd, are fabulously coloured yarns created from ecologically sourced natural fibres. Noro Yarns are manufactured in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan. The company was founded over thirty years ago by Eisaku Noro. The handcrafting yarns in particular are well-known for their vivid colours and combinations of diverse fibre types. They differ from a number of other manufactured yarns in the industry by having lengthier spans of colour in the runs, causing distinctive striping patterns, as well as being partially spun by hand versus being produced completely by machines. Please note that whilst Eisaku Noro Co. Ltd. produces yarns for both hand and machine knitting, Yarn Loft only stocks Noro yarns for hand knitting.

Following the devastating 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, featured below is a letter from Mr. Takuo Noro.


Dear Friends,

First of all, we would like to show appreciation for your desire to give us warm support in times of such a great disaster. Now the influence of the nuclear power plant accident is being reported worldwide but we would like to inform you the latest information about it as of now.

1. Our company, Noro has 450km / 280miles distance in an airline from the damaged nuclear power plant. In our surroundings, No radiation higher than usual was detected in air, water and vegetation.

2. One of the partners located farthest from Noro is a dye house. And it is 80km / 50miles from Noro in an airline. Even around that factory, there is no change of radiation level in comparison with that of normal times, either.

3. We do all processing operations such as dyeing, spinning and packing indoors. There are no operations we do outdoors.

4. All raw materials we use are imported through the ports of Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe. And all these ports are located in south or west from Noro.

5. All shipments after the earthquake have been done through the ports of Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe which are located in south or west from Noro and we will continue to use them in the foreseeable future.

Situations of our surroundings have not changed at all after the earthquake. If our situations change in the future, we will inform you about it. Meanwhile, the Japanese government is now deliberating whether or not to conduct radiation inspections for all products that will be exported from Japan.

Thank you

Takuo Noro