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佐賀錦 Saga-nishiki Saga Nishiki

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Saga Nishiki is a traditional hand-woven fabric made in Saga Pref.. For Saga Nishiki, Japanese paper coated with gold, silver or lacquer and cut into strips is used as the warp, and dyed silk thread is passed through the paper strips. Various traditional patterns such as Ajiro (bamboo), Saya (Buddhist cross), and Hishi (diamond) are woven out. The origin of this craft dates back to the early Edo period (about 190 years ago), when a widow of the domain lord of Nabeshima Clan in Hizen-Kashima was inspired to make a woven fabric when she saw a bamboo ceiling. The technique was improved as time went on, and the design and expression has been widened. At present the intricate figures such as the natural flowers, birds, and scenery are woven out in addition to the original twilled fabric. Since the exquisite techniques are required and only a small piece can be woven each day, these fabrics are mainly manufactured into small items like handbags. This gorgeous and elegant fabric is highly evaluated as a work of art and called “the ultimate” of the traditional handicraft in Japan.
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南部菱刺し Nanbu-hishizashi Nambu Diamond Embroidery

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Nambu Diamond Embroidery is the needlework handed down in Nambu district centered around the present Hachinohe City, Aomori Pref. This craft dates back to 200 years ago, when the farmers were only allowed to wear clothes made of hemp or ramie, and cotton must be used only as thread. The women in the farming villages then contrived the way to reinforce the fabric and retain heat by stitching cotton thread into the hemp cloth. The skill has been handed down up to the present and become traditional crafts. It is characterized by various kinds of beautiful diamond patterns. There are collectors who have collected Nambu Diamond Embroidery works made in the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. Currently it is not only popular among handicraft lovers but also among known to ordinary consumers all over the country.
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