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Patterns of Kurume-kasuri

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Patterns of Kurume-kasuri have changed depending upon the time.
Because Kurume-kasuri has been used for casual clothes, the color and pattern of Kurume-kasuri are simple.
The patterns are varied from geometry figures such as circles, triangles and squares, to pictures of plants, flowers and animals.
Nowadays, we produce some arrangement of the traditional patterns and fashionable textiles of kasuri as well as the traditional ones.

In the most popular time of Kurume-kasuri, each district in Chikugo region has each specific pattern of kasuri.
People produced mainly the type of kasuri called “Chugara,” “Ogara” and “Egasuri” in the plain area such as Mizuma district; “Futongasuri” as well as Chugara and Ogara in the area of Chikugo-City; “Yokogasuri” and “Otokogasuri” mainly in Yame district.
Otokogasuri consists of a minute pattern called “Bunjinori” or “Shoseigasuri,” and we weave up the pattern in the way called “Orijime:” protecting threads from dye by interweaving them.

Names of kasuri are varied depending upon the way of making the pattern.
When we twine vertical threads and interweave horizontal threads and the vertical ones, the woven kasuri is called “Itagasuri.”
If we twine horizontal threads only, the woven kasuri is “Egasuri.”
The kasuri woven out of the vertical and horizontal threads both of which are twined, the kasuri is called “Hongasuri.”
Their procedures are different, and the impressions differ visually.

“Hongasuri”

Hongasuri; The pattern is woven according with the design, twining the vertical and horizontal threads, which requires matured technique because the planning of the design is difficult in weaving fabrics out of threads.
“Hakumonsanran,” the first pattern by Inoue Den, was Hongasuri.

Patterns of Kurume-kasuri
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri
“Egasuri”

Egasuri; Twining horizontal threads to interweave kasuri-threads, we weave up the pattern. This is one of the representatives of Kurume-kasuri.

Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Egasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Egasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Egasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Egasuri”
“Itagasuri”

Itakasuri; Twining vertical threads to interweave kasuri-threads, we weave up the pattern. This is a sharper and more-elaborate design than Egasuri.

Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Itagasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Itagasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Itagasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Itagasuri”
“Bunjingasuri”

Bunjingasuri; Usually, this is called “Otokogasuri,” whose pattern is very minute.
We make kasuri threads in the way called “Orijime:” protecting threads from dye by interweaving them, not “Kukuri,”twining threads, which is the basic way to weave kasuri.

Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Bunjingasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Bunjingasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Bunjingasuri”
Patterns of Kurume-kasuri“Bunjingasuri”