大島紬 Ōshima-tsumugi


Ōshima-tsumugi followed its own evolution mainly on the islands of Amami Ōshima, subtropical and surrounded by coral reefs. The development of a shimebata (binding loom) for kasuri processing in 1907 based on on-site research at Kurume-gasuri workshops made it possible to create kasuri patterns said to be the most detailed in the world. Another characteristic is the full, deep color created by mud dyeing. This is formed due to a reaction between the tannic acid in the leachate from the islands’ wild teichi tree (sharinbai hawthorn) and the iron found in an exposed stratum dating back 1.5 million years.

大島紬は、奄美大島で受け継がれた約1,300年の歴史を誇る絹織物です。絹を泥染めという天然の染色方法で染め、手織りで絣合わせをして織り上げられています。独特の色合いと、肌になじむ着心地の良さが特徴です。