(Yuki silk cloth)

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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.


Minister of Economy,Trade and Industry designated traditional crafts
Designated on March 30, 1977. Produced under the Tochigi-ken Honba Yuki-tsumugi Orimono Cooperative.

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Contact Information

Tochigi-ken Honba Yuki-tsumugi Orimono Cooperative
2358, Fukura, Oyama-shi, Tochigi, 323-0155
TEL: +81-285-49-2430

Additional Remarks : Tochigi-ken Honba Yuki-tsumugi Orimono Cooperative

Floss silk is twisted into thread by hand and woven together to create Yuki-tsumugi cloth that is lightweight, warm and pleasant to wear. We hope you enjoy these goods, which represent the pinnacle of high-grade woven silk products.

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