Honba Oshima Tsumugi are 100% silk fabrics made in the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture. They are a yarn-dyed plain material, all made on handlooms such as shime-bata or te-bata.
Honba Oshima Tsumugi features distinctive deep and quiet tones and are colored with yeddo hawthorn and iron-rich mud, along with the bright and delicate kasuri splash patterns. It hardly loses its shape and as its texture improves with wear, many people appreciate it as comfortable to wear. It is a sleek, light, wrinkle-resistant and user-friendly fabric, a true blessing from the nature of Amami.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.