Classification Nationally Designated Traditional Crafts


Ushikubi-tsumugi originated in the mid 12th century, when after losing to the rebelling Heiji clan the Genji clan escaped to Shiramine Village after losing the battle against the Heiji clan, and taught weaving techniques to the villagers. In the Edo period, Ushikubi-tsumugi developed as a local industry under the protection of the shogunate. Although it disappeared during World War II, it was restored through the efforts of the villagers after the War.
Ushikubi-tsumugi has a soft feel, but it is exceptionally strong; it is referred to as “nail-picking pongee”. Since it is woven with thick silk spun yarn with burls, which are directly pulled out from silk jointly generated by two silkworms, it has simple and rustic beauty. The traditional techniques of Ushikubi-tsumugi, from spinning to weaving, have been passed down and preserved through the generations.

Major Producers

Ishikawa Ushikubi Weaving Promotion Cooperative Union

Nu-170 Hakusan, Ishikawa 920-2501
TEL: 076-273-2400 FAX: 076-273-4414