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.

小千谷紬(おぢやつむぎ)は、新潟県小千谷市周辺で作られている織物です。小千谷地方では、古くから越後上布(えちごじょうふ)と呼ばれる麻布が織られ、やがて新しい機織りの技法が伝わると、麻の縮布として広まったのが小千谷縮(おぢやちぢみ)として発展しました。独特のシボがあり、紋様が緯糸(よこいと)のみで作り出されます。