Yuki-tsumugi (Yuki silk cloth)

History (Origins)

In ancient times, Yuki-tsumugi (Yuki silk cloth) was produced in the Hitachi Province (part of present-day Ibaraki Prefecture). These techniques reached the Yuki region in the 16th century near the end of the Muromachi Period, after which the name Yuki-tsumugi was applied.

Characteristics (Techniques and Materials)

Yuki-tsumugi cloth is made by hand from floss silk using non-twisted thread and the final pattern's coloring applied to hand-tied yarn bundles. Furthermore, hand-weaving techniques passed down since long ago through oral tradition are used, resulting in a lightweight, warm-feeling final product.  
Yuki-tsumugi was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010.