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Washing Echigo Jōfu Cloth with the Feet (Ashifumi)

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

After the completed bolt of Echigo jōfu is taken off the loom, it is washed with the feet in a wooden boat-shaped basin. This process helps to clean and soften the textile, removing the paste (nori) applied to the threads before and sometimes during weaving.

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  • Title: Washing Echigo Jōfu Cloth with the Feet (Ashifumi)
  • Subject Keywords: Echigo Jōfu
  • Type: Textile, Kimono
  • Rights: Photo: Courtesy of Koto Masao and Echigo Jōfu and Ojiya Chijimi Technical Preservation Association, Minamiuonuma.
  • Medium: Handwoven

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