羽越しな布 Uetsu tilia bark cloth


Uetsu Shinafu is a textile produced in the area of Sekikawa, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture, and Sanpoku, Murakami City, Niigata Prefecture. The threads are made from the Jinpi (bast fiber) of Shinanoki (linden), Oba Bodaiju (Tilia maximowicziana Shiras) and Nojiri Bodaiju (Tilia noziricola Hisauti), which grow naturally on the Japan Sea side of the Tohoku region since ancient times. The Shinafu is the textile that is woven using the threads from these trees. It is said that Uetsu Shinafu is the oldest woven textile that uses the threads made from the tree bark. In the old days, the woven textile was used for sacks to hold vegetables and grains, as filtering cloth, and for work clothes. Today, the textile is used for making various products for modern life, including bags, wallets, clothing accessories and tapestries.

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

羽越しな布(うえつしなふ)は、山形県鶴岡市関川地区・新潟県村上市山北地区で作られている織物です。
東北地方の日本海側に古くより自生しているシナノキ、オオバボダイジュ、ノジリボダイジュの樹皮の内側にある靭皮(じんぴ)より糸を作り、その糸を布状に織りあげたものが「しな布」です。木の皮を使用した織物では、日本最古のものとされています。