Awa Shijira-ori

Awa Shijira-ori
A unique water-ripple-like fabric

Fabric woven in Awa Shijira-ori technique has a crepe-like shriveled surface and doesn't stick to the skin, so summer wear made of this fabric is very popular. It is said that Hana Kaifu, a wife of a lower-grade samurai who lived in Atake-cho, developed this weaving technique around the 1860s. She got a hint from her carelessness: an unfinished fabric, which she hung out in the course of her weaving work, became smaller with wrinkles because of a sudden shower. In the Taisho-era (1912-26) Awa Shijira-ori weaving industry peaked with more than 200 workrooms. Recently, it is revitalized as a traditional handicraft.