Awa Shoai Shijira OriAwa Indigo Cotton

Called "praise texture" woven as for Awa shijira texture flourishingly in the Awa district at the end of the 18th century improvement was added to striped cotton at the beginning of the Meiji era and came to be woven.
There are various opinions about opportunity of improvement, but it is said that it is opportunity that we discovered that there was natural interesting shrinkage in aspect of cloth when both opinions just dry wet cloth in Nikko.

This Awa Shoai Shijira Ori was developed from a striped cotton cloth called tatae-ori that was being extensively woven throughout the Awa area at the end of the 18th century. Various reasons have been put forward as to why this development took place but it seems likely that is was the result of finding that when wet cloth was dried in the sun, it produced an interesting natural crepe effect.

This complex weave is dyed with a natural Awa indigo dye and is especially suitable for summer-weight kimono as the crepe effect gives it a refreshing feel, which is enhanced by its simple coloring and refined air.

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Industrial art object name Awa Shoai Shijira Ori
Phonetic symbol awashoaishijiraori
Classification of industrial art object Woven textiles
Main product Kimono place, noren, luncheon mat, tie, handkerchief, tapestry
Main production area Tokushima / Tokushima-shi
The designation date July 22, 1978

Contact information

■local production associations

Awa shijira texture cooperative association
679-2, Miyanonishi, Kokufuchokou, Tokushima-shi, Tokushima
The Kokufu-cho business and industry society
TEL: 088-642-0258
FAX: 088-642-0231

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