'Kasuri' = ikat

Kasuri is Japanese term for Ikat fabric, which is originated from India.It is known for its patterns with blurred edge. Kasuri is woven often with cotton yarn.  

Japanese folks started wearing Kasuri since at least in the middle of 18th and is used to be very common textile. It is lighter, softer and needs no complicated care. However, since people started taking off traditional clothes to apply the western life style with modern clothes, now there are only a few Kasuri weavers who still run their production.

ca. 12m long of 38cm wide fabric: this is the  standard  quantity which Kasuri weaving machine can produce one-run. This is exactly the amount to make one Kimono.

To produce traditional Kasuri, it requires approximately 30 working processes. Some of them still follow this original method either by vintage weaving machine or completely by hand. 

Kasuri is the fabric for all seasons. This is believed because it is woven very slowly with very little tension. That keeps the space between skin and fabric optimised condition, keeping warm in winter while evaporating humidity in summer. The more you wear, the more it is noticeable.