The ‘yoryu’ material made within Shiga Prefecture’s Takashima county region (now Takashima-shi) is known as‘Takashima-chijimi.’This form of weaving holds a history spanning over 300 years, and such textiles were once brought to and sold in Kyoto in the latter days of the Edo period. Despite being a cotton material, Takashima-chijimi has a hemp-like crispness in its texture, while possessing grooves on the front side of the fabric known as ‘shibo.’ Thanks to these shibo, the area that directly touches the skin is reduced; as such, this material has been regarded as precious by those across Japan due to its ability to keep one cool through the intense heat of the Japanese summer. Among the varieties of this material, our firm has selected a form of yoryu that is thicker than varieties more typically found in circulation—so that one can use this variant in use in making t-shirts, etc. The fabric does not lead to a transparent appearance when dyed, meaning it can be used in garments that female customers can rest assured in wearing.
Where It’s Made
Honjyo Shokufu Co. Ltd. Established in year 25 of the Showa era (1950). Currently in possession of 49 ‘air jet looms,’ which utilize the power of air (pressure) to aerate the weft threads in creation of textiles. With focus on crepe weaving and yoryu materials, as well as base fabrics for production materials, Hon-atsu Orifu engages in the production of various fabrics outside of Takashima-chijimi; the development of linen blends, elastic fabrics geared for outerwear, and more.
We recommend for use of course for inner-wear use, but also for use in spring and summer tops. Considering this fabric is highly elastic, we recommend that customers confirm the feel of the texture for themselves through our samples.