Traditional Craft Products Designated by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Traditional Craft Products Certified by the Governor of Osaka Prefecture
During the Edo period, Osaka Prefecture, which is a large production area of cotton such as Kawachi and Izumi, was known all over Japan as a big production area for “Tenugui” (Japanese handkerchief). In the Meiji period, the hand-dyeing method “Tsugizome” was developed in Osaka. “Tsugizome” means overlaying cotton with pattern paper made of tanned paper and dyeing them with repellent glue. “Yukata” (Summer Kimono) applying this hand-dyeing method spread all over Japan. It is characterized by delicate patterns and clear coloring.
Sakai's Wazarashi which is a traditional cotton bleaching method technique has been used for Tenugui and Yukata. This method started in Sakai's Tsukuno & Kena district along the Ishizu-gawa River in the early Edo Period (about 400 years ago).
The hand-dyeing Yukata & Tenugui is now also made by Sakai's Wazarashi in almost all.