秩父銘仙 Chichibu-meisen silk
Chichibu-meisen silk is a textile produced in the city of Chichibu, Saitama prefecture. It is a plain-woven textile with both sides dyed equally because the threads will be stencil dyed. Since the textile is double-sided, it can be washed and remade as a kimono numerous times. This durability resulted in the popularity of the textile among ordinary people. Chichibu meisen’s iridescent luster makes it appealing. The warp (parallel) threads and the weft (perpendicular) threads are different colors which create a sheen. The more complementary the warp and weft thread colors, the better the effect.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.