Chichibu-meisen from Japan

The Chichibu-meisen is said to have originated around 97-30 B.C. As the Chichibu region is surrounded by mountians, which means it is not suitable for rice growing, sericulture became a popular method to make a living. 

The characteristics of Chichibu-meisen lies in the plain weave without difference between the front and the back-side as the threads are dyed by Katazome (a method of dyeing using stencils). 

It was very popular among the farmers as you can often be remade due to the fact that it is a plain weave (no difference between the front and back-side). Many people repurposed Chichibu-meisen into diapers and cleaning cloths: it was very ecological way of living!  

 

 

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