Arimatsu tie-dyeing

Aichi, Chubu

Arimatsu-shibori tie-dyeing began in 1608 in the town of Arimatsu located on the Tokai-do Highway linking Edo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto. It was known as the local specialty of the Tokai-do route, its indigo monotone making it a popular fabric for the summer kimono worn by ordinary people. As production and sales of the fabric were prohibited outside Arimatsu by the feudal lord governing the region at the time, tie-dyeing developed into a sizeable industry here. Nowadays, Arimatsu tie-dyed fabric can be purchased in department stores and kimono shops. There are said to be over 100 methods of tie-dyeing, and traditional methods are used for dyeing silk, cotton and synthetics. Arimatsu tie-dyeing was designated a traditional craft in 1975.


Arimatsu-cho, Midori-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi

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