Arimatsu Narumi Shibori

Arimatsu Narumi Shibori
Although the sophisticated technique of tie-dyeing called shibori itself dates back to the Nara-era (710-794), the history of the craft here only goes back some 400 years, to when the feudal lord from the province of Bungo, now Oita Prefecture, was ordered to assist in the building of Nagoya castle. Under the protection of the Owari clan, which ruled the area that became Aichi Prefecture, the craft was developed over the years, a whole variety of techniques having been added to produce a high quality tie-dyed craft of distinction. Because everything is done by hand,the finished article has its own peculiarities depending on the way a person ties up the cloth even when the design is the same.

Typical of cotton tie-dyeing, there are some 100 different tying techniques used in the production of multicolored designs for formal kimono and unlined yukata. The most representative of these techniques are nui shibori, kumo shibori, miura shibori, kanoko shibori or the well known "fawn spot" tie-dyeing, and sekka shibori. A very particular effect is produced by varying the strength of the dye when indigo is used. Among the 450 people employed there are 30 government recognized Master Craftsmen, all managed by the 65 firms now sustaining this craft industry.