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Multi Wrap Cloth

Mud-dyeing is a traditional technique passed down in Amami Oshima Island from ancient times. It is the typical method used for dyeing Oshima Tsumugi, a hand-woven silk cloth with a history of 1,300 years that every kimono aficionado
longs to own. It is considered one of the top three textiles in the world. Kanai Kougei, based in Amami Oshima, carries on the tradition of this rich natural dye and knowledge of its predecessors. Dye is made from boiling Yeddo hawthorn, a tree indigenous to the island also known as teichigi, which is then rubbed into the silk thread to dye it. The cloth is then washed in mud and the tannic acid in the Yeddo hawthorn dye and iron-rich mud from 1.5 million years ago cause a natural chemical reaction. Repeating this process gives the silk its distinctive, rich shade of black. The Multi Wrap Cloth, made from this mud-dyeing process, is unique to the culture of Amami Oshima. The rich black and tie-dyed indigo, also often used for Oshima Tsumugi, give the cloth an expressive depth.