Mr. and Mrs. Matsumoto's tsumugi textiles are made in one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan. We would like to introduce one of their unique products, a 100% plant-dyed gradational plaid weaving, embroidered with falling leaves.
In Iida city,Nagano prefecture, a senshoku (deying & weaving) artist Shimoi Nobuhiko produces "Shimoi tsumugi". He had originally worked at the place of Western textile design, and using his experience and modern sense, his kimono textiles surpasses others in originality, a fusion of innovation and tradition.
Cotton textiles overall are thought to be relatively cheap, but there is a top grade cotton weaving made of finest traditional craft technique. This time I'll introduce the highest peak of cotton textile, Satsuma gasuri.
Oshimatsumugi's delicate kasuri (ikat) yarns are produced by unique hand loom, called "shimebata" where yarns are once weaved according to the pattern in order for creating the resist dyeing on yarns. Usually ikat or kasuri employs tie-dyeing method, yet oshima tsumugi develops, you can say, loom-dyeing method, which may be the world's most complicated and elaborate yarn resist dying technique.