塩沢紬 Shiozawa tsumugi silk

Shiozawa tsumugi is a silk textile produced in the former town of Shiozawa (now a part of the city of Minamiuonuma), Niigata prefecture. This craft is notable for using kasuri patterns. These patterns include the finely detailed T-shaped pattern or ka gasuri, a cross pattern or juji gasuri, and a tortoise shell pattern also called kikkou gasuri. The fabric is a single base color in cool tones, mostly navy blue, black or white which combined with a black kasuri pattern, possesses an elegant appearance.

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

塩沢紬(しおざわつむぎ)は、新潟県南魚沼市周辺で作られている織物です。江戸時代中頃に、長年織られてきた越後上布の技術を応用して生まれたのが塩沢紬です。縦糸を合わせて作り出される非常に細かい蚊絣(かがすり)といわれる模様や十字絣(じゅうじがすり)、亀甲絣(きっこうがすり)などの絣模様が特徴です。