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Weave (p. 44 )

1. Produced in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

2. Characteristics: Thick silk fabric with stripes, compactly woven. Although the fabric is tough, the touch is soft and the surface is elegant and lustrous. Stiff and straightened, the fabric does not yield any vertical wrinkles and gives rise to rustling when the user walks. Regarded as the best for メ Hakamaモ (skirt) since the old days, it is said to be so tough as it is able to be used for 4 generations.

3. Uses: Male Hakama, neckties, purses, tobacco pouches.

4. History: The origin is said to be Seigo Ori which was woven by Yaemon Komatsu who was invited from Kyoto by the Feudal Lord Yoshimura Date around 1735. Though very popularly used by warriors in the Edo Period, the needs decreased after World War II. Only one weaving factory, named Koda, keeps the tradition today.