How to make "Goza(Igusa) Products"?

1. Cultivation

Seedling of IGUSA is planted in rice field in cold winter and is reaped in hot summer. Takes a lot of work and consumes a lot of time.

2. Selecting

IGUSA is deliberately selected for Kakegawa in which fine quality is needed most in IGUSA products. As for the length of IGUSA is mainly more than 130cm and the ones that are evenly complete are chosen.

3. Design

Our long experienced artisan carefully chooses, designs using newly dyed IGUSA and then starts weaving IGUSA little by little.

4. Dyeing

IGUSA is dyed more easily by applying water if the temperature and timing are proper. It dyes differently depending on the rice field IGUSA grows. IGUSA is carefully untied one by one to be dyed evenly.

5. Sorting

IGUSA that is broken, insufficient in length or uneven in color should be pulled out not to be damaged while weaving. Also it influences the way it appears in color.

6. Weaving

Kakegawaori is a unique weave in Chikugo area, and a masterpiece in Hana Goza. Cotton should be used to yarn for natural IGUSA even though it is difficult to be woven.

sun drying
7. Sun drying

The reverse side should be sun-dried to get rid of all the moist. Kakegawa will be dried within an hour.

arrangement in length
8. Arrangement in length

It is cut in various sizes with a double-edged cutlery and woven with warp.

9. Finishing

The surface of Kakegawa is rubbed with loofah to wipe off excess coloring and to make it glossy. Then each one is inspected carefully.

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