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Weave (p. 35 )

1. Produced in Kameda Shinmachi, Iwashiro cho, Yuri gun, Akita Prefecture.

2. Characteristics: A mixed fabric of the cotton flower and the cotton from "Zenmai"(Osmunda japonica, royal fern or osmunda) and insect repellent and water proof.

3. Uses: A cloth for full garments, coats, cushions and sashes.

4. History: The textile in Kameda were first produced in 1717 by weavers who came here from Echigo, Niigata Prefecture. The Zenmai Ori was invented and put into market in the Meiji Period by a cotton cloth trader. After that a new mixed fabric made with royal fern cotton, cotton and downs of swan was invented, but this fabric is not being produced today.