Kurume kasuri (splashed pattern fabric)

Fukuoka, Kyushu

Tradition has it that the manufacture of cotton textiles became widespread in the present-day city of Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture when the feudal lord who governed this region admonished the people for their desire for luxury and encouraged them to wear cotton garments. In the 19th century, a skilled weaver by the name of Den Inoue, while still a teenager, carried out extensive research and experimented with different weaving techniques, eventually developing a style of weaving in which parts of the textile appear to have a splashed pattern. This style of weaving, kasuri, became greatly prized and quickly spread across the region. After World War II automated looms spread quickly, but traditional hand weaving techniques are still preserved in this region. Kurume-kasuri was designated a traditional craft in 1976.


Kurume-shi, Fukuoka

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