小千谷紬 Ojiya tsumugi silk
Ojiya tsumugi is a silk fabric produced in the area around Ojiya, Niigata prefecture, which is a city known for heavy snow. Echigo jofu, a textile made of ramie, has been produced in this area for over a thousand years.
As new weaving techniques were introduced, a ramie textile called Ojiya chijimi developed from Echigo jofu. It has distinctive embossed patterns that are created by only weft (perpendicular) threads. This craft has the soft and warm texture of floss silk combined with the smooth touch of lustrous silk. However, it is also durable so daily wear is not a problem.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.