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Murayama-Oshima Tsumugi

Murayama-Oshima Tsumugi Photo

Great Edo style casual wear that kimono experts will go for.
OshimaTsumugi (textured silk pongee), a synonym for a high-quality silk fabric, is produced on Amami-0shima Island. Murayama-OshimaTsumugi brand fabric is made from raw silk, like OshimaTsumugi, and is produced in the Musashimurayama City area of Tokyo. Whereas production of OshimaTsumugi requires time‐consuming mudding of the silk, Murayama- OshimaTsumugi only uses the established Itajime (board-caught) dyeing method to apply the design using boards with engraved patterns. A reasonably priced type of Kimono with a similar texture to that of OshimaTsumugi had been produced for general sale. Its most outstanding feature is a range of delicate Kasuri (splashed) patterns. Kasuri is a technique for creating woven patterns through a process of precise thread bundling of the dyed warp and woof to make patterns. This creates a smooth texture of the fiber threads, which is comfortable and does not stick to the wearer’s skin. Its light weight means that it can be worn without fatigue for long periods. Specifically, Murayama-OshimaTsumugi for men has fine Kasuri patterns and conveys an impression of simple good taste through its intricacy when viewed close up and plainness from a longer view. Meanwhile, design is important in women’s garments and the stylish patterns and colors are suitable for any age. To assure the high quality of Murayama-OshimaTsumugi, certification stamps are only granted to those products that use traditional techniques and materials accepted by Governor and pass stringent inspection based on 28 criteria, including length, weight, absence of flaws, etc.
Murayama Textile Cooperative Association
Address: 2-1, Honcho 2-chome, Musashimurayama-shi, Tokyo