Kasuri is a Japanese term for ikat weaving, a process in which yarns are resist-dyed and then woven to create a pattern. Traditional folk kasuri was found in many rural areas and was often dyed in indigo. Cotton yarns and indigo dye were readily available to farmers and other country folk. These materials have natural advantages that made them excellent for patterning fabric in a colorfast way. Folk kasuri were woven by the common people of certain areas for their own everyday wear and for futon (sleeping mattress and coverlet). However, only a pocketful of weavers survive today.
The traditional 14-14.5" width, 100% cotton medium to heavy weight hand woven kasuri we offer is from several areas: Kurume on Kyushu island has become a center of the kasuri cottage industry. Iyo on Shikoku Island produces geometric designs, and Yurigahama region of Totori Prefecture is known for hand-spun yarns and limited but very fine traditional motif weavings.
Our selection includes "e-gasuri" or figure ikat where the pictoral design is resist-dyed on the threads, and geometric designs. They are produced with one of the following hand woven kasuri weaving methods; weft ikat where only the weft yarns are resist-dyed, but some with two shades of blues that involves extra steps in resisting and dyeing; warp ikat where only the warp threads are resist dyed to weave shifting vertical designs such as feathered arrow shafts; and double ikat where both the weft and the warp threads are resist-dyed to produce pure white designs when both the undyed portions of the threads cross each other.
Preshrink (allow 2-3% shrinkage) and hand wash in cold water. Some excess dye may run in the water. Iron while still slightly damp with a towel over the cloth since indigo dye tends to shine when ironed with high temperature. Iron at the 'cotton' setting.