Nijiyura: Fabric that Makes an Impression
Tenugui, noun: fabric used to wrap around a bento box or to wear around the neck. Tenugui has many and varied uses, from the domestic (table runner, towel, wrapping for a lunch box or wine bottle) to the creative, such as a wall decoration or scarf.
Nijiyura is an Osaka-based dyer. He uses the chusen method, which involves pouring dye onto a piece of 100% cotton cloth called wazarashi (delicate but durable) to coat it on one side, then the other. The technique makes it possible to produce up to 40 pieces at a time, giving subtle shades to the fabric.
Given that this technique hasn’t changed in two centuries, how does Nijiyuri’s universe manage to seem so very modern? The factory collaborates with around thirty contemporary artists. Decorated with coloured, poetic patterns, these pieces of fabric are transformed into creations. Need a hand towel? Nijiyura finds art everywhere, even in the everyday.
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