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.

秩父銘仙(ちちぶめいせん)は、埼玉県秩父市、秩父郡横瀬町、秩父郡小鹿野(おがの)町、秩父郡皆野(みなの)町、秩父郡長瀞(ながとろ)町一帯で作られている織物です。糸に型染めをするため、裏表がないように染色される平織りが特徴です。