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制作のながれ   Production Process

フジキリ   Cutting Wisteria




From spring to early summer, the wild wisteria vines are cut in the forest. Cut the vine that is about 2cm thick in diameter, the part that is as straight as possible.

It takes about 5 years for the wisteria bark to mature into the size we desire.


フジヘギ   Stripping the Bark



Hit the wisteria vine with a mallet before it dries, and peel the outer section of the bark. Separate the core and the skin, and remove the outer skin from the inner skin you want to use,using a sickle. The usable part is the inside of the outer circumference of the vine, about 1 mm thick.

Let dry, and store.


アクダキ   Boiling with Wood Ash




Cook the inner skin with in boiling water with wood ash for about 4 hours until the skin is soft. Using the core of the wisteria vine laid on the bottom of the kiln, shake it from time to time to prevent it from burning.

The cooked fiber is black and slimy.


フジコキ    Extraction of Fibers



Wash the cooked fiber in the stream or a river. At this time, use a tool called Kobashi made of bamboo to scrape off any slimy, extraneous parts. After washing the fiber, soak it in bran juice to treat it, and then dry.


フジウミ    Forming the Yarn




Split the fibers appropriately according to the thickness of the thread you desire, and twist and join to make one continuous thread. The fibers are added one after another to make the fibers uniform in thickness. It is called 'umu' to connect long fibers into a thread. This is the most time-consuming process in fuj-ori.


ヨリカケ    Spinning




Use a spinning wheel to twist/spin the entire connected fiber. At this time, moisten the fibers to prevent fluffing. The spun yarn is wound around a wooden frame and dried together. This builds strength and elasticity to make a durable thread.



ハタオリ     Weaving




Prepare the loom with the required length and number of threads for the cloth you plan to make. Starch the warp yarns using a tool called Shamibouki, made from pine needles. By weaving-in the moistened weft yarns, the fuji-fu is completed.

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