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Weave (p. 113 )

1. Produced in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture.

2. Characteristics: Cotton fabric, in which thick indigo dyed threads are used for both warp and weft. Designs are mostly traditional patterns. The fabric is thick and this is one of the 3 "E(figure) Kasuri"(Yumigahama, Kurayoshi and Hirose) in Sanin District.

3. Uses: Clothing, bedding, cushions.

4. History: The newest among the 3 types of Kasuri of Sanin(Tottori, Shimane and northern Yamaguchi Prefectures). The Kurayoshi Kasuri was first woven under the influence of "Kurume Kasuri" and "Yumigahama Gasuri" and widely traded throughout Japan in the early Meiji Period. The designs at first were woven only with the weft. Since the middle of Meiji Period complicated designs were woven in "double ikat"(dyed threads are used both for warp and weft). Farmersユ side jobs at first, it was mechanized and produced in large amounts in the end of the Meiji to the Taisho Periods. After the Taisho, production declined. There are signs, however, that the Kurayoshi Gasuri will be revived today.