【Marukyu Shoten】Which Pattern Will You Choose? The Brightly Colored Accessoriea Dyed with “Shin-Edozome”
The yukata and tenugui prints beloved by Tokyoites are now loved in a fresh new form.
Marukyu Shoten manufactures tenugui, dish cloths and yukata using the “chusen*” dyeing technique invented in the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Recently, shirts, parasols, and handbags made with patterns designed with “shin-edozome” have also become popular, in addition to tenugui. The shirts are for both men and women, and since they are chusen-dyed tenugui and yukata tailored into shirts, they dry quickly and are made of light fabrics which are a delight to wear against bare skin in summer. (This is a limited-time product which is currently not being sold.)
Our parasols, which use tenugui made from hemp and cotton, are even more cool and refreshing because the handle is made from bamboo. The fabric, which is dyed using old stencil paper, reinforces the universal appeal of these patterns despite the change in form.
Edo accessory maker Torigoeno Shibata turns Marukyu Shoten’s shin-edozome patterns into wonderful products, with its handbags made from shin-edozome yukata fabric. The two types of handles are “kaguya tesage,” which is made of bamboo, and “himo tesage,” made using colorful string which matches the pattern of the bag. The prints are large patterns of plover birds and hawser rope distinctive of chusen yukata, classic prints with simple, common stripes and stitches. Despite their sleek appearance, they are surprisingly practical, being able to fit many things thanks to the ingenuity of the sewing. This is an item which adds a touch of Japanese colors to any outfit. Enjoy choosing a favorite pattern that adds a pleasant feeling to your summer outfit.
*With this technique, stencil paper is prepared and glued on with sticky rice flour or rice bran paste to block out parts not to be dyed; the cloth is dyed by pouring the dye from above onto a dyeing stand just for chusen which has a press attached below. The threads are dyed all the way to their centers, leaving a vivid pattern that is characteristically the same on both sides, leaving no front or back.
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