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The Story Behind KURUME-KASURI

伝統的な織物の背景にあるストーリー

久留米絣

KURUME-KASURI Textile

久留米絣の織元、野村織物での製織風景

Kurume-kasuri being made at Nomura Orimono

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Kurume-kasuri: Born From the Mind of One Young Girl

Kurume-kasuri is recognised in Japan as one of the country’s three major textiles alongside those originating in Bingo, Hiroshima and Iyo, Ehime. Towards the end of the Edo period (1800s) during the former Kurume domain, a girl named Den Inoue thought of an idea to create patterns on textiles by dyeing the threads before weaving them. Her idea became extremely popular.

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The Name 'Kasuri' and the Delicate Technique Involved

It is said that what Den Inoue discovered was that by binding the threads at fixed intervals during the dyeing process, the part that was bound would stay white. Using threads dyed in this way also results in subtle errors that give a blurred effect, which is where the name kasuri (blurred) originates from. Woven using precise measurements and dyeing and weaving techniques, Kurume-kasuri has a unique and rustic appearance, complimented by a cotton fabric texture.

Yarn dyed using the ‘kukuri’ (binding) method

「くくり」により染め分けられた綿糸

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The History of Kurume-kasuri and Cotton

Cotton is not a traditional Japanese commodity, being first invented in India over 2000 years ago. It was then imported to Japan via China in the 8th century, but it said that it didn’t really become popular until during the Edo period.
At that time, indigo dyed cotton was popular of due to the fact that it was durable, and kept its color well, so was mainly used by the masses for everyday clothing. From a design point of view, Kurume-kasuri was able to add a new dimension to this trend