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12/21/2013

chirimen crepe silk

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chirimen ちりめん / 縮緬 crepe silk



source : shaddy.jp/gs_front/shouhin


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Crepe silks – chirimen and kinsha
Chirimen and kinsha silks have a slightly textured surface similar to crepe, achieved by twisting the threads during weaving.
Chirimen is heavier and stronger than kinsha and plain-weave silk and drapes exceptionally well.
Kinsha 金紗 is a very fine, light-weight crepe-like silk, silk interwoven with gilt thread.
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chirimen-e 縮緬絵
A multi-colored print which was rolled around a bar and then rubbed to give it crinkles and creases as if it had been printed on crepe silk, chirimen 縮緬.
This treatment causes the print to shrink to about two thirds of its original size, as a result of which lines take on special characteristics and the colors darken.
Chirimen-e were popular around the end of the Edo period. Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1791-1858) included them among his "Hundred Famous Views of Edo" Meisho Edo Hyakkei 名所江戸百景 series and Utagawa Kuniyoshi 歌川国芳 in his "Famous Products of Mountains and Oceans" Sankai meisanzukushi 山海名産尽 series of 1833.
In the Meiji period, such prints were machine-made to appeal to foreign tastes, and outside of Japan chirimen-e were popular as table napkins.
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Japanese Chirimen-Zaiku Parts - a huge collection
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紅白だるまの壁飾り red and white Daruma to hang on the wall


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. yakko Daruma from chirimen .


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source : www.bes.ne.jp/bingo_e/bunka
nezumi bridal procession from chirimen 縮緬 crepe silk


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- ABC - List of chirimen dolls from the Prefectures

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. . . . . . . . . . Kyoto 京都

Tango chirimen 丹後縮緬



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Tango Chirimen Silk Crepe
Chirimen—also known as silk crepe—is a form of textile made of flat-woven silk. While there are various local brands of chirimen across Japan, one that especially stands out is Kyoto’s Tango chirimen, produced in what was formerly the Tango Province of northern Kyoto Prefecture.
Tango chirimen is manufactured in a unique fashion.
First, the base cloth is made by alternately weaving the warp, which uses untwisted raw silk, and the weft, which uses raw silk twisted about 3,000 times per meter. The silk yarn is then compressed during the refinement process, which results in the untwisting of the weft, bringing a pattern of fine, bumpy-textured grains to the surface. Thus Tango chirimen is born.
The discerning feature of Tango chirimen
lies in these grains, which make the fabric less prone to wrinkling and lend it a preeminently soft feel. The bumps of these grains also diffuse light, bringing out a richness in the dyed colors that produces a much deeper tone.
Tango chirimen is not only beautiful, but also has a soft texture that feels sublime on the skin. The strongly twisted yarns also make it very durable, and it can be re-dyed multiple times, allowing it to boast unparalleled quality overall.
While most Japanese chirimen textiles are composed exclusively of silk,
Tango chirimen puts the same traditional techniques to use on a variety of materials, including polyester and rayon. Different materials display different qualities, with polyester, for example, being highly valued for travel clothes, since it’s easy to wash, hang and dry, making it even more wrinkle-free.
While kimono certainly represent the most popular Tango chirimen product, the technique is also used for small articles such as book covers and pencil cases, as well as drapery. With many fascinating designs and colors, as well as various luxurious textures, there’s much to appreciate in the culture of Tango chirimen.

Tango-Chirimen Rekishikan
315 Iwaya Yosano Yosa District Kyoto Prefecture
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Chirimen Kaidoo 縮緬街道 the Chirimen Road
with many old homes of the merchants.
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1 comment:

Gabi Greve said...

zoo 象 elephant, der Elefant - art motives


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