The women of Ako again preserve
After the war, two factories reopened, albeit on a small scale. One
ceased trading after a number of years, with the final factory, Nishida Dantsu,
remaining in operation until 1991. Nishida Dantsu initially had seven weavers,
but this had fallen to only one at the time of closure. Ako City authorities,
concerned over the cessation of a local traditional craft, initiated training
in the techniques involved in the weaving of Ako dantsu, led by the last weaver, Kirie Sakaguchi. In 1999, the first
and second cohort from this training formed an association dedicated to handing
down the Ako dantsu tradition.
Currently, the techniques involved in Ako dantsu
are being carried on, notably by local women.