Tango is located on the northern coast of Kyoto prefecture. Blessed with the ocean, paddy fields, and mountains, air charged with moisture brought by northwest wind called “uranishi” creates wet and rainy climate.
This climate gives ideal condition for silk-weaving, as silk is dry-sensitive needed to keep wet. Tango has been the central hub of weaving industry where a wide variety of weavers, business unions, research institutes, and its related artisans are closely concentrated.
Even now, weaving is still looted in people’s life in Tango. Shuttle loom’s sounds at a constant pace from old traditional wooden houses make you feel that weaving is the part of life for local people in Tango.
The most distinctive feature of Tango textile is found as twisting technique.Although twisting threads is normally 500 to 1,000 t/m and it is mainly used for enhancing strength and weavability of threads,Tango weavers use around 2,000 to 4,000 t/m twisted threads intentionally.
Handling hard-twisted threads requires expert skills and knowledge of twisting, tension control, density adjustment, etc.However, Tango weavers lasted 1,300 years easily handle hard-twisted threads and produce highly varied and unique textiles.
Hard-twisted thread “roughen” fabric’s surface, which creates rich texture with depth and a three-dimensional appearance.Furthermore, due to Tango chirimen’s bumpy texture made by hard twisted threads featured by below features;
・Less prone to wrinkling
・Deep tone by diffused light in a different way.