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MATSUSAKA Indigo Dyeing Cotton


In the late fifth century, new weaving techniques, called "AYAHATORI" and "KUREHATORI" were introduced in Matsusaka, Mie Prefecture, and it became an epicenter of the fabric industry. Because of the high quality of its fabrics, Matsusaka became famous and eventually led to the birth of Matsusaka Momen. The unique striped pattern, called “Matsusaka Jima,” was the traditional pattern for “Matsusaka Momen.”   

Currently, only one factory exists that still produces the great quality of Matsusaka Momen in Matsusaka.The manufacturing process of Matsusaka Momen is now regarded as a national treasure. Thus, Kabuki actors still wear a striped kimono of Matsusaka Momen. The beauty of Matsusaka Momen is its sophisticated texture. It looks like a flat blue fabric from a distance, but when viewing closely, refined stripes can be seen.

It is said that people back in Edo period often said cotton was something they couldn’t live without, even for one day.

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