vol.32 Awa-Shijira | 阿波しじら織

Awa | 阿波,Japan | 日本





In the summer of 2022, I visited Tokushima, Shikoku. The purpose of the visit was to see Awa Indigo and Awa Shijira textiles.

I found Nagao Orifu on the Internet, purchased a broadcloth while exchanging e-mails, and told them I would visit. I then made reservations at a nearby inn for pilgrims called Urokorou so that I could visit on foot.

Mr. Nagao of Nagao Orifu spoke directly and when I told him that I wanted to make easy pants and that I would post the information on our crowdfunding page, he was very happy to help us out. While preserving tradition, the company seemed to be flexible and open to new challenges and the movement of young people.

Nagao Orifu accepts tours at any time, and the person in charge gave us an explanation as we circled around the factory. There was a weaving loom that rattles, a jagged saw-roof unique to the weaving factory, an indigo-dyeing barrel, a machine for aligning threads, and a machine for creating a crinkle, as well as specialized machines and techniques for each process.

伝統を紡ぐ、長尾織布 Spinning Tradition, Nagao Orifu

Sawed roofs are a feature of textile and dyeing factories. It allows light to enter the building evenly. The wooden structure is built with thick pillars and beams.

Hataba (loom): The small width loom, wide width loom, and other looms are available to weave fabrics suitable for kimonos and western-style clothes.

Dyeing area: Yarn is dyed with chemical dyes, then washed and glued. There is also an indigo dyeing area.

The reeling: A bundle of threads called a skein is re-spun into a wooden pipe. The thickness of the threads varies, and the most common type used is No. 30 cotton thread, which produces a shibori.


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