There are numerous kinds of Tsumugi with the main difference being the dyeing process. Otherwise, the techniques for weaving the silk are the same, a grueling, labor-intensive process requiring much skill, patience and years of practice. The result is a silk of rich body and sophisticated design.
This classic “tortoise shell” pattern represents a symbol of strength, endurance and longevity.
Once only available to royal and wealthy patrons, the process and the silks are considered national treasures in Japan.
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