Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tama Ori

Tama Ori Photo

Relaxing “noise Eadded by human hands to geometrical patterns.
Hachioji, located in the southwest of Tokyo City, was once known as “the city of mulberry Eand it flourished as a major center of sericulture, silk making and fabric production. Tama Ori (Tama woven fabric) is a generic name for five kinds of fabric that have their origins in Hachioji textiles and the comprehensive techniques that came out of the production center for a wide range of silk textiles. This variety of colors and patterns is a legacy of the most advanced mode of the age. “Zurashi E(shifting) is a high-level technique for creating calculated transitions of geometrical Kasuri (splashed) designs, shifting 1,200 yarns of dyed raw silk to weave the patterns. The natural texture of handwork comes from manipulation of a loom, using both feet and hands for each process, and fine tuning of the weaving process. Tokyo’s “Iki (refinement) Efeeling is realized through the simple touch of spun silk thread, and uncomplicated patterns and colors. This fabric, which enjoys universal appeal for even daily use over long periods, is rare and highpriced due to the manual work involved throughout the manufacturing process. However, it is now being used in ties, hats, and stoles, enabling many to enjoy the touch and patterns of Tama Ori.
Hachioji Textile Fabric Manufacturing Cooperative Association
Address: 11-2, Hachimancho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo