The making of hemp cloth flourished thanks to the favorable environment and the activities of Omi merchants since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). During the Edo period (1600-1868) this craft further flourished under the patronage of the Hikone clan. The process begins by dyeing the superfine spun yarn using a method known as Kasuri-zome, (resisted yarn dyeing), and then weaving the piece. Finally, a special crepe treatment is applied.
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