Yarn weaves air – vol.1 –

Yarn weaves air. Not only human lives, but also the layer of breeze, lights, and time that flow into the place are weaved gently.

The land selected by yarn.

Imabari, Ehime –
Since ancient times, Iyo Province, called Iyo-no-Kuni, Ehime, is used to be flourishing in weaving, such as silk textiles. Now, here is famous as a production area of towels.

The Shōsōin, Nara, has the historical treasures collected from all over Japan at that time, which are still placed carefully, even now. One of them is Ashiginu, kind of silk textile weaved by coarse silk yarn, that “伊豫國越智郡石井郷戸主葛木部龍調絁6丈天平18年9月(Indicated the proof that Ochi District, Iyo, paid tax in September, 746)” is written in calligraphy ink on it.

Ashiginu was paid as tax, called Chō, in ancient times, from all over Japan. These are weaved by silk yarn from silkworms that grew at each local area. Thus, each land of climate and natural features and history is included in all “Yarn and weave.” If I was to say it, it is not too much to say that it expresses “Terroir” in each area.

“Reproduction of Shōsōingire, kind of dyed fabric” had carried out since 1993, an analysis for Ashiginu at the time also advanced, then surveys for Yarn and Weave of Iyo’s Ashiginu were also conducted. Considering the production age of Shōsōingire, Yarn made of “Koishimaru” that is the closest species in those days can be the best; the Koishimaru that Her Majesty the Empress Emerita raises carefully was used on its reproduction project.The finishing technique, such as yarn fineness, weaving density, and refining, are different from each local area, so that it is said that it had been made an extraordinary close analysis for about two years.

Weave softly without twisting, even the thin yarns.

That is a quality of Iyo’s “Yarn and Weave” of Iyo-no-Kuni. This characteristic reminds us of the current towel weaved in Imabari. It appears that the history, the natural features, the human activities remain on this land are inherited to the present naturally.

Yarn weaves air.
Not only human lives, but also the layer of breeze, lights, and time that flow into the place are weaved gently.

References :
“Reproduction of Shōsōingire using silkworms [Koishimaru]”
-by Katsumi Mori / Bulletin of Office of the Shōsōin Treasure House (27), 1-46, 2005-03

  • PhotosYoshiyuki Mori
  • WordsAtsuko Ogawa
  • DesignNoriaki Hosaka
  • Translation Mina Ishikawa