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Weave (p. 55 )

1. Produced in Muikamachi,Shiozawamachi Uonumagun, Niigata Prefecture.

2. Characteristics: High quality silk Kasuri fabrics with the design of delicate "Juji Gasuri"(crossed splash patterns). Small crimps of crepe are soft and comfortable to skin.

3. Uses: Clothing.

4. History: Shiozawa, as well as Ojiya, was well known for its hemp fabrics. When the need for hemp fabrics decreased in the Taisho Period improvement was made on the silk fabrics through the application of the technique of "Echigo Chijimi" by the introduction of "Yuki Tsumugi" and " Nishijin Ori" and the switch of looms from "Jikata"(low loom) to "Takahata"(raised loom). Thus,"Shiozawa Omeshi" was born in the middle of Taisho Period and the name was changed to "Hon Shiozawa". Threads were tie dyed first and then dyed with a patterned wood. Weaving is all manual even today. All clothes were for male before WWII and colors were indigo, light brown, black, erach light and deep, and white. Today, more are for the female and red and similar colors are used.