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.
Kasuri – a Japanese ward indicating ikat, which is originated in India, gone through incredible development at the east end of Japan. In order to understand about Kasuri, I’ll explain about it in several different entries.
Tanmono, the traditional cloth of Japan that has developed for exclusively making a kimono, has a unique size specification. As a result of the restriction of hand loom and the exclusive use for kimono, a tanmono is commonly produced in about 0.38m × 12.5m size. Let’s see more details on the specification of tanmono.
The development of Tsumugi textile in Japan would probably be a unique tradition unlike any other in the world (please let us know if anyone knows any resemble silk textile traditions around the world). Tsumugi is the silk textile woven from the silk floss of wasted cocoons, which are not suitable for producing reeled silk.