白鷹お召 Shirataka-omeshi


The technique of itajimegasuri (board-pressed kasuri), now found only in the town of Shirataka in southern Yamagata prefecture, is an accumulation of wisdom designed to generate precise, accurate kasuri thread designs. 1,400 threads long enough for two rolls of cloth are sandwiched between grooved boards, which are fastened together tightly with nuts and bolts before dye is poured over them continuously for an hour. This makes it possible to dye threads with fine, accurate kasuri patterns that would be impossible to achieve when tying the thread by hand. Shirataka-omeshi is woven by alternating this kasuri thread with hard-twist thread in the weft, resulting in its distinctive soft onishibo wrinkles.

白鷹お召は、山形県置賜地方の白鷹町で作られている絹織物です。徳川将軍が好んでお召になったことから「お召」と名づけられ、「板締め絣」という技法を用いた細かい絣模様が特徴です。