Awa Indigo Cotton

Tokushima

This Awa Shoai Shijira Ori was developed from a striped cotton cloth called tatae-ori that was being extensively woven throughout the Awa area at the end of the 18th century. Various reasons have been put forward as to why this development took place but it seems likely that is was the result of finding that when wet cloth was dried in the sun, it produced an interesting natural crepe effect.

This complex weave is dyed with a natural Awa indigo dye and is especially suitable for summer-weight kimono as the crepe effect gives it a refreshing feel, which is enhanced by its simple coloring and refined air.

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