Chichibu Meisen

This textile originated in the Edo period, and in 1908, the unique hogushi nassen dyeing technique was patented, and the craft prospered.
The weft of the loom is made up of complimentary colors in order to create an iridescent sheen, and plant motifs are a common feature of this silk woven textile.

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Skills/Techniques

1 Plain Meisen and Striped Meisen are woven textiles made using the following skills and techniques.
(1) The thread is dyed before the cloth is woven, and it is woven using a plain weave.
(2) The scouring and coloring of the thread is done through an impregnation dyeing method.
(3) The weaving of the weft is done with a hand shuttle, a flying shuttle with a treadle, or a shuttle weaving machine.

2 Patterned Meisen is a woven textile made using the following skills and techniques.
(1) The cloth is woven using a plain weave.
(2) The scouring and coloring of the thread is done through an impregnation dyeing method.
(3) The warp is dyed using the hogushi nassen method after it has been woven briefly.
(4) The weaving of the weft is done with a hand shuttle, a flying shuttle with a treadle, or a shuttle weaving machine.
(5) The weaving is done using the hogushi-ori method.


Raw Materials

The threads used are raw silk, dupion, thread spun from silk floss, or other similar silk thread.

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