This is a beautiful example of Oshima Tsumugi silk. The 400 year old process to dye and weave just one roll can take up to a year and requires the lifetime commitment of the artisans who reach for perfection. Each roll is carefully inspected and signed off on by special guild experts before it is ever released to use.
The pattern is of repeating wagon wheels, a symbol of Buddhism. Once only available to royal and wealthy patrons, the process and the silks are considered national treasures in Japan.
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