about kurume kasuri

Charm Point of Kurume-kasuri

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Kurume-kasuri is a textile made from cotton.
It makes us cool in summer and warm in winder.
The more you wear it, the more comfortably it fits on you.
Kurume-kasuri is a strong fabric woven tightly, so you can wash it frequently – They are benefits for daily clothes.
In addition, Kurume-kasuri has minute-cracking, blotting points with simple tenderness in their patterns, which we cannot make artificially.

The Advantage of Cotton

Cotton fabric absorbs water well, so it tends to spoil water inside and evaporates it outside when there is a difference of temperature between the inside and outside of the fabric.
Then, the fabric removes the heat of vaporization, so it makes us cool and we can wear the cloth comfortably.
Also, we get warm in cotton clothes in winter because cotton fabric has a structure of pipes such as macaroni, which can keep the inside heat from running away.

Charm Point of Kurume-kasuri

The Feature of “Kohaba” (Small-Width)

The width of Kurume-kasuri is about 36 centimeter. This size is called “Kohaba.”
The size is basically used for kimono, and there is few fabrics of Kurume-kasuri in the size called “Hirohaba”(large-width).
This is because Kohaba is the best size to keep the uniqueness of cotton.
Compared with Hirohaba, Kohaba relieves tension on threads when they are interwoven, so the fabric of Kohaba can be made with a natural atmosphere.
That’s why, a fabric of Kohaba, not Hirohaba, has tenderness of the material.

Charm Point of Kurume-kasuri

Charm of the Design

Kurume-kasuri has “nijimi,” a cracked design of blotting on a fabric.
This is similar to an old design, “naki,” which is born from cracking in printing (Off registration).
In the process of making Kurume-kasuri, consisting of thirty steps for about three months, it’s necessary to interweave about 900 threads.
The stretch of threads depends upon the climate, temperature and humidity. We shift the threads minutely, which produces the cracked or blotting design on a fabric when it is woven.
Kurume-kasuri, manufactured by hands, has some spaces in the fabric, different from the products from factories.
The textile is not woven strictly, so it let us relaxed.
This is also one of the features of Kurume-kasuri.

Charm Point of Kurume-kasuri

Dry in the Sun Shine

After the fabric is woven and dipped in hot water, the last step is to dry in the sunshine.
Drying outside reduces the damage on the fabric at most, and the fabric gets dry and tensioned well. Also, the sunshine works for disinfection.
This is the way to dry fabrics in the past.

Charm Point of Kurume-kasuri