Yarn weaves air – vol.3 –

The underground water that flows from Ishizuchi mountain uses abundantly, and the towel is washed as if one by one is swaying in the water - what a luxury scene.

Shikoku has mountains extending from east to west, and nearly 20 peaks that have over 1500m high reach from Mount Tsurugi of Tokushima until Mount Ishizuchi of Ehime. It appears such a spine to support a large island, Shikoku. These mountains are considered that create rich nature for the entire of the island and bring clean water.

Japan’s most extended fault system called Japan Median Tectonic Line runs east and west along the coast on the north side of the mountains, and Ishizuchi fault scarp runs from Iyomishima to Saijō in Ehime. Therefore, the river that flows from the mountains to Seto inland Sea falls steeply, so that clean water pours into the sea without stagnation.

Saijō, Ehime, is the best known in Shikoku as a “water-producing region.” The groundwater sources are abundant, and running dry has never occurred. And there is also an artesian aquifer area where the water springs up by driving a steel pipe with the processed tip in the ground just for 15m – 30m. Two plains, Saijō plain and Shūsō plain, spread in a fan shape toward the coast. The rain falls in the mountains flow all into Saijō city.

Two thousand artesian wells in Saijō plain and 650 artesian wells in Shūsō plain exists for household use, and, apart from this, there are also many irrigation wells. The groundwater that springs above the ground is called “Uchinuki” in this area. Most of the necessary water can be handled by the groundwater so that the usage rate of waterworks is only about 50% of the entire city.

Saijō has “abundant water,” where has 51 spots of spring water. Into the paddy fields where do not have any irrigation canals are poured into the groundwater from Uchinuki directly. Uchinuki leads to the circulation of the groundwater, prevent inundation, and repeat depuration so that the clean, gentle, beautiful water always circulate and continue overflowing.

Kawakamikogeisho, which leads all so-called “finishing processing” such as washing and dyeing towel, is located in Saijō. The water of Uchinuki is certainly used at this workshop as well. The underground water that flows from Ishizuchi mountain uses abundantly, and the towels are washed as if each towel is swaying in the water – what a luxury scene.

Furthermore, by the finishing method that was specially invented “enzymatic,” it works to remove impurities that include in cotton yarn and focuses on reaching the cotton’s natural feature thoroughly. In addition, by coating yarn one by one by soap oil with full of beef tallow helps to finish without any damage to yarn at all. Even though the softener is usually used in the finishing process to dare to make you feel “Soft” texture in many cases, there is no compromise. The towel that is finished here is not necessary to use any softeners when you wash it at home, this “original softness of yarn” generally lasts longer without damaging.

The workshop is like a laboratory, as well as a “treatment lab for yarn.” The best technology and the best water – if there are not limpid and clear water, the technology would be impossible. To have the best water is especially why high-quality products are produced. The insatiable pursuit and curiosity to create valuable products seem like that it does not know to stop it like the water that lasts overflowing in this area.

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