Asamai Shibori

The Asamai district has a traditional resist-dyeing technique called Narumi. Narumi is said to be handed down to Arimatsu in Owari (today’s Aichi prefecture) in the early Edo period and has been passed down under Miura Shibori’s name in Arimatsu/Narumi district as a basic dyeing technique. According to the Terada family, which has run a dyeing shop and cotton goods dealing business since 1830, the Shibori technique was introduced to places with high cotton production, a high number of cotton goods dealers and dyeing shops, and rich spring water. In Asamai, the conventional Japanese indigo dye and printing techniques were combined to create Asamai Shibori. There were about 200 types of Asamai Shibori patterns with deep blue and white colors; for example, Yanagi Shibori looks like willow-leaf patterns. Asamai Shibori disappeared in the Taisho era due to changes in lifestyle and the development of chemical fibers and dyes. However, the Shoai Asamai Shibori Preservation Society was formed in 1982 and is currently engaged in preserving and spreading the Shibori technique.