With its pleasant texture and simple coloration, the Kurume-kasuri textile, manufactured in and around Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, evokes somehow a sense of nostalgia. In the beginning of the 19th century, a 12 year-old young girl got the idea from faded thread of her old cotton clothes and started dyeing and weaving the fabric. Local farmers followed her lead, and creating ‘kasuri’ became a popular side business of farmers in Chikugo area, spreading its name as people’s clothes across the country. Producing the fabric requires thirty different steps of handworks. There is a procedure called ‘kukuri,’ where the threads are twined tightly enough so that kasuri patterns are protected from dye. This procedure, along with the skills of twining professionals, is considered to create the textile with great depth. Over recent years, combination of the traditional method with modern taste has been seen often in newly designed products such as accessories and clothes, gathering even more attention than before.
Kurume City,Fukuoka Prefecture
☎ (Kurume Regional industry promotion center)