The Amami Oshima Tsumugi is said to be one of the three top textiles in the world, along with Persian carpets and Gobelins tapestry.
Silk originating in India had travelled through the Silk Road of the sea and have completed as the most precise textile “Amami Oshima Tsumugi” in a small island in Japan.
The delicate graphical splash patterns that are drawn by a gathering of over 10 million dots is reversible, characteristic of plain weave.
With the development of techniques by the people over 1,300 years, the Amami Oshima Tsumugi has developed with handcraft skills that humans could ever reach.
Made through a manufacturing period of over six months, and approximately 40 creative processes, the authentic Amami Oshima Tsumugi has become admired textile by the royal family of Japan, celebrities, fashion designer such as Yohji Yamamoto.
However, the number of artisans has been drastically declining, suffering from shortage of successors, they say the production would end within next two decades.
The production was at the height with 284,278 kimonos in 1972, but hit 5,106 kimonos in 2015.
Today, only 500 people remain employed full-time in production, and many of them are in their 70s or 80s. That’s down from 20,000 people a generation ago.