Sericulture, Zaguri(reeling silk from cocoons), twisting, natural dyeing, hand weaving

I have inherited the techniques of sericulture, silk reeling, twisting silk threads, natural dyeing, and hand weaving in the only hand-woven production area in Yamanashi Prefecture.
It is a hand-woven silk fabric for Kimono that has been hand-woven since the Edo period.

The silk fabrics, which are handcrafted using traditional tools and manufacturing methods that have remained almost unchanged since the Edo period. The product in its current form, generally called ‘Zaguri Tsumugi’, which uses single twisted threads (twisted three threads to one) for warp and untwisted (or very softly twisted) threads for the weft, became mainstream. Cocoons that cannot be used through the reeling process because which got a hole or dirty are made into floss and spun by hand, and are mainly used as weft threads.

Now, due to the aging of the weavers, the production of tsumugi ceased. I moved from Tokin 2018 and learned traditional techniques from scratch under the guidance of a female weaver in her 90s.

Click here for the page about Oishi Tsumugi on the information site operated by Yamanashi Prefecture.

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