Tanbanuno: lattice patterns


Tanbanuno: lattice patterns

Textiles / Meiji / Kinki

Tanba region, Hyogo prefecture

Meiji period

Cotton and silk

Tanbanuno is a particular type of striped cotton fabric of the Tanba Saji region (Hyogo prefecture) made in the late Edo and into the meiji era. Tanbanuno, or tanba-fu, was the name given by Yanagi Muneyoshi who was inspired by its beauty. Until then it was popularly called Saji momen (Saji cotton) or shimanuki. It was a pristine fabric loomed with homespun yarn made to be sold in Kyoto and Osaka and was an excellent fabric for bedding.

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