本塩沢 Hon-shiozawa silk

Hon-shiozawa is a textile produced in the former town of Shiozawa (now a part of the city of Minamiuonuma), Niigata prefecture. It is one of the textiles that represent the region, which is famous for linen and silk textile production. This craft is known for its distinctively bumpy and crisp texture, which emerges when the textile is kneaded in hot water, and precise patterns, including the juji kasuri (cross pattern) and the kikko kasuri (tortoise shell pattern).

For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.

本塩沢(ほんしおざわ)は新潟県南魚沼市周辺で作られている織物です。「塩沢お召(めし)」の名前で親しまれ、湯の中で揉んで作るシャリ感のあるシボの風合いと、十字絣や亀甲絣(きっこうかすり)などの精緻な絣模様が特徴です。