Hyogo Prefecture's Nishiwaki area is home to one of Japan top weaving legacies. Even today, Nishiwaki continues to produce high quality cloth. Due to the process by which it's made, the fabric is highly resistant to repeated washings.
Of course, when making clothing, there's bound to be some degree of wasted material. To help reduce this, the meguru scarves were born. Made from leftover scraps of cloth, these items are a sustainable addition to Nishiwaki's main output.
Since all meguru scarves are made from the remains of other garments, only a few variations or a stall can ever be created. In a stark contrast to the mass production of fast fashion, only a few of any one meguru scarf variation will ever exist.
Located to the northeast of Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture's Nishiwaki area has been producing top tier fabrics for over two centuries. The practice began when a young carpenter brought back technology from Kyoto to the region.
🧣About the Nishiwaki Area
What sets the weaves of Nishiwaki apart from others is the techniques used to produce it. By combining cutting edge means with traditional ones, the region was able to give birth to a new style known as Banshu-Ori.
One key facet of Banshu-Ori is that the threads are dyed before they are woven. This allows them to keep their color despite repeated use. Moreover, this also allows for the use of less dye overall, thereby resulting in a softer fabric.
These days, Banshu-Ori is primarily used for luxury brand clothing and such items that are found in department stores and boutiques. It is one of many traditions of Japanese craftsmanship that is cherished both locally and around the world.