Aizu Momen (Cotton)

Aizu Momen (Cotton)
The tradition of making Aizu momen dates back many hundreds of years to when it was hand-woven by women at home as a hard-wearing thick cotton cloth used for making casual and working clothes. Aizu momen cloth is easily recognizable by its traditional thick striped patterns of browns and indigos. (Incidentally, the process of producing indigo colored cotton thread involves a lot of repetitive and arduous work). In the days when most Aizu folk wore clothes made of Aizu momen it was a common sight to see dyed cotton yarn fluttering in the wind in the yards of the many momen factories.

Aizu momen was first produced during the Edo-era (1603-1867) when the local feudal lord and leader of the Aizu clan, Hoshina Masayuki encouraged his people to grow cotton and produce Aizu momen. During the following Meiji-era (1868-1912) the number of cotton yarn spinning mills reached its peak.

The company still using Toyota weaving machine.