Kihachijyo, one of the prime grade silk textiles, had been beloved and worn only by the Feudal lords in the Edo period, so that it has different origins from other Tsumugi textiles in which other tsumugi were started as formers wears.
Shukumine Kyoko is the leading personality of Shuri brocade of Okinawa textile.
These are the cotton obi made by Shukumine Kyoko. The unique woven pattern is a traditional pattern of Ryukyu culture, that is hand-loomed folk art textile, the fine craftsmanship of Ryukyuan people and the expression of indigenous Okinawa culture.
Yuki tsumugi is inscribed for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Only Yuki tsumugi and Echigo jofu/Ojiya chijimi have been inscribed among Japanese textile traditions so far.
How astonishing Yuki tsumugi is about its yarn making process. Yuki tsumugi’s all of weft and wrap yarns consist of finger-pulled silk.