"Ooshima tsumugi STORY that will be passed on to the future" begins here


Enjoy the beauty of the dyed colors that is spun through many processes

Isetan Shinjuku Store Main Building 7F Kimono

Do you know what "Ooshima tsumugi" is?

"Ooshima tsumugi" is a silk pongee that originated in Amami Ooshima in Kagoshima Prefecture.


Amami Ooshima is located in the southern part of Japan, and is known as the place with the longest daylight hours.



Ooshima tsumugi that originated in Amami Ooshima had a proud history of 1300 years and is gaining world-wide attention as a valuable high-class silk pongee. Amami Tsumugi was designated as Japan's traditional craftwork in 1980. There are 5 definitions for a product to meet the criteria to be an Ooshima tsumugi

-It must be 100% silk

-It must be sakizome (to weave textiles after dyeing yarn) and hand woven

-It must be hiraori (the most basic Japanese textile that is made by each vertical and horizontal thread floating and sinking)

-The vertical and horizontal patterns must be manually woven with shimebata (The work of making kasuri, the patterns of Ooshima tsumugi)

-It must be woven with a tebata (handloom) by weaving the vertical and horizontal thread.


The artisans dye the hand woven silk trapped between cotton. They dye it with the juice boiled out of the resin of Sharinbai (Japanese hawthorn) and then dye it in mud that contains iron to bring out the color. The mud that contains iron is taken from sotetsu (Japanese sago palm), which is native to Amami Ooshima.


Sharinbai (Japanese hawthorn)


Sotetsu (Japanese sago palm)

Isetan Shinjuku Store will hold an "Ooshima Tsumugi Exhibition" titled, "Ooshima tsumugi STORY that will be passed on to the future." It will be held from March 29th until April 4th for 7 days. The venue is Isetan Shinjuku Store Main Building 7F Kimono Floor.


At "Ooshima Tsumugi Exhibition," besides selling Ooshima tsumugi, there will also be an introduction of a movie and an exhibition of tapestries and women's clothing. The Ooshima tsumugi production movie introduces how the Ooshima tsumugi goes through many processes to be produced. The tapestries displayed are works by textile designer, Ms. Reiko Sudo. Crafts using the leftover textiles and thread of Ooshima tsumugi allows you to incorporate Oshima Tsumugi in your life that is different from kimono. You might be able to encounter new ideas in an age where it is difficult to inherit tradition. Please come and get to know Japan's traditional craft, Ooshima tsumugi.

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