"Maiwai" dyed fabric of Suzusen

Experience the artistry of "Maiwai," a truly exquisite creation. This masterpiece is meticulously crafted by blending pigments with soybean broth, which is then used to gently dye the fabric in the enduring and elegant shade of indigo. Every use enhances the fabric's distinct flavor and texture, providing an unrivaled sensory journey that evolves over time. Immerse yourself in the world of "Maiwai" and discover a timeless and sensory-rich delight.

Suzusen warmly invites you to partake in their engaging workshops, thoughtfully designed to foster a deeper appreciation for the art of "Maiwai." In these immersive sessions, participants have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the joy of crafting something truly extraordinary with their own hands. Join us in celebrating the artistry of "Maiwai" and create your own masterpiece during these enriching workshops.

Discover the allure of "Maiwai," a captivating garment adorned with vivid hues and intricate depictions of fishing scenes, along with symbols of good fortune like cranes, turtles, Ebisu, and Daikoku. This attire served as a celebratory gift from ship owners to their crews, commemorating abundant harvests and symbolizing the thriving fishing industry of its era. Dive into the rich history of "Maiwai" and explore the profound connection it holds with the prosperous maritime heritage of its time.

Explore the fascinating origins of Maiwai, believed to have originated in the Boso Peninsula towards the end of the Edo period (1603-1867). Its popularity later expanded along the Pacific coast, stretching from Aomori to Shizuoka prefectures. This cherished tradition endured from the Meiji era through the mid-Showa era, with numerous skilled "Maiwai" artisans scattered throughout the Minami Boso region, where it first took root.

Today, the legacy of Maiwai lives on in Kamogawa City, where only two stores have preserved this art form. Both have received the prestigious designation of Chiba Prefecture's Traditional Crafts. Immerse yourself in the history and craftsmanship of Maiwai as you visit these esteemed establishments in Kamogawa City.


620-1 Yokosuka, Kamogawa-city, Chiba prefecture

(+81) 4-7092-1531

Email: kamogawa.maiwaizome.suzusen@gmail.com

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