Hemp fabrics have been a popular product of Tokamachi in Niigata Prefecture from early times. In more recent times Tokamachi-gasuri and Akashi-chijimi silk textiles have utilized these traditional techniques. Kasuri-ori (a splashed pattern textile) fabric is made by dyeing yarn which is then woven to create geometrical patterns. Nowadays textiles are produced mainly for garments, and Tokamachi-gasuri retains distinctive patterns designed to fuse a modern look with traditional beauty. Tokamachi-gasuri was designated a traditional craft in 1982.
- Tokamachi-shi, Niigata
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