鍋島椴通 Nabeshima Carpets

Nabeshima Dantsu is a traditional craft of Ogimachi in Saga City, Saga Prefecture. A farmer from Ogimachi called Kiyoemon Koga learned the technique of dantsu (carpet weaving) from Chinese people in Nagasaki in the early Edo period and wove it under the name of “Ogimachi Monsen (Ogimachi rug)”. This is the origin of Nabeshima Mantsuu, the most ancient cotton carpet weaving in Japan. Traditionally, it is hand-woven on a wooden loom made with cherry trees and pine trees, using high-quality cotton warp and weft thread.

鍋島椴通 (なべしまだんつう)は佐賀県佐賀市扇町の工芸品です。

江戸時代初期に佐賀郡扇町の農家に生まれた古賀清右衛門が長崎で中国人から緞通(だんつう)の技術を教わり、「扇町紋氈(もんせん)」と名づけて織ったのが、日本最古の綿緞通と言われる鍋島緞通の発祥です。鍋島緞通は伝統的に桜や松の木製織機を使い、経糸と緯糸ともに上質の木綿糸で一目一目を手で織り上げています。