Kurume Ikat

This type of cloth dates back to the beginning of the 19th century, when a 12 year old girl called Inoue Den was inspired by a scrap of old material. Later, the Kurume clan in the south west of present day Fukuoka Prefecture promoted its production.
Improvements were also made by Otsuka Taizo, who invented a picture form of ikat, and Ushijima Noshi who developed a method of weaving a fine ikat pattern. Thanks to them, Kurume Kasuri has developed as a cotton ikat using distinctive techniques such as a picture ikat, and ikats with large or small patterns that cannot be found in other kinds of ikat.

This cloth is a type of yarn-dyed material. Because ikat is woven with cotton threads which have been tied before dyeing, the design has a real depth. Being unpretentious, it can be put to many uses such as for kimono, small accessories and even for articles within the home.


Kasuri is a kind of textiles whose threads are dyed beforehand. The threads are dyed by ikat techniques and woven to produce elaborate design. This simple grazed texture is widely used in kimonos, accessories and interiors.

How to make

The thread is manually adjusted and dyed before weaving to create the patterns through applying the resist to the part of fabric by bundling them.