弓浜絣 Yumihama traditional resist-dyed textiles


Yumihama traditional resist-dyed textiles (called Yumihama gasuri in Japanese) is produced near the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori prefecture. The name comes from Yumigahama, which is a curved shore that stretches for more than twenty kilometers (about twelve and a half miles) between the cities of Yonago and Sakaiminato. This craft is woven with kasuri threads which are dyed before weaving. Yumihama gasuri was popular with residents of the region because the coarse fabric and plain patterns made it an ideal textile for local farmers who needed clothing that was easy to wear and wash.

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

弓浜絣(ゆみはまがすり)は鳥取県境港市周辺で作られている織物です。「弓浜」の由来は、「弓ヶ浜」という鳥取県の弓状に湾曲した沿岸の名称からきています。「絣」はあらかじめ染め上げた糸「絣糸」を織って作る織物で、藍色の糸で紡いだものを生地の土台にして、その上に白色の糸でさまざまな模様を編んでいきます。ざっくりとした布の風合いと素朴な柄が特徴です。