Authentic Amami Oshima Tsumugi Silk Pongee
Along with Persian carpets and Gobelin tapestries, Oshima Tsumugi silk pongee is one of the world's three great textiles.
Its historical record can be traced back to the Nara period, approx. 1,300 years ago, and the textile is still produced in various locations in Kagosima Prefecture including Amami islands. Due to its origin in Amami Oshima island (one of Amami islands), its official name is recognized as “Authentic Amami Oshima Tsumugi.”
The unique dying method uses the Amami's iron-rich natural mud as a dye. This makes the silk threads into beautiful and luminous black. After being taken off the loom, each plain weave textile has a unique and detailed graphical pattern made of over a million dots dyed onto each single silk thread before they are set onto the loom. It takes more than six months to produce the final product through over 40 processes. Authentic Amami Oshima Tsumugi has unique features distinctive from any other textile.