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2007/1/9


阿波正藍しじら織 Awashouai-Sijiraori Awashouai-Shijiraori Fabric

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Awashouai-shijiraori is a type of fabric that was first made in the early Meiji period. It was a refined version of a cotton fabric made in the Aba region (today's Tokushima Prefecture) of Shikoku.

Because commoners in the Edo period were forbidden to use silk, merchants were motivated to be creative with cotton fabric, and developed a cloth called 'tataeori'. There are many theories as to what led to the improvement of this fabric, but the most likely one is that it developed from the natural patterns that appeared when the wet fabric was dried in the sun.

Awashouai-shijiraori is colored with a natural dye from the 'abaai' (indigo ptianze) plant. Awashouai-shijiraori has a creased texture that gives it a leather-like feel. It's coolness and crispness is perfect for summer clothing. Despite the simplicity of the color tone, the fabric's elegance and rich quality are unmistakable. In 1978, Awashouai-shijiraori was designated a Traditional Handicraft of Japan.
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