Aizu Cotton Scarf – Striped

A cotton scarf made in Fukushima Prefecture using a revived, 400-year old craft.

£97 per item

This striped scarf is made of Aizu momen, a plain-weave cotton fabric, the production of which is a 400-year old craft from the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture. Once widely popular, the production of Aizu momen had been gradually declining from its heyday in the Taishō period (1912-1926 CE) until it completely disappeared about 30 years ago. In 2016, the lost craft was successfully revived with three weaving workshops carrying on the tradition. Clothes made of Aizu momen were originally used by people living in the area to withstand the cold winters and very hot summers of the Aizu region. Aizu momen is therefore known for its excellent heat retention and moisture absorption qualities as well as its durability and soft texture.

Exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods may cause colour to fade.
Wash cold to avoid shrinking.
Texture may change over time.

Size: L185 cm x W36 cm

Material: 100% cotton

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Aizu momen - colourful and durable cotton fabric from Fukushima Prefecture

Its history dates back to 1627 CE when the feudal lord of the Aizu region, Katō Yoshiaki, invited weavers from his former territory of Iyo Matsuyama (present-day Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku) to learn the techniques of Aizu.

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Aizu momen - colourful and durable cotton fabric from Fukushima Prefecture