we have our own hospitality "Omotenashi" for people from abroad at Tora.
We introduce traditional crafts of Tochigi prefecture and would like you to touch and feel charm of them by trying-on.
Kurobane Aizome(indigo dyeing) 黒羽藍染
Creation in the Nature.
You'll find flowers of indigo in fermented ai.
Key wording for 100days process.
There was dyeing and weaving tanks discovered in Indus civilization antiquity. In Japan.
Samurai warriors believed an omen that wearing the deepest color of
Aizome under armour would take you to the triumph in era of Kamakura, between 1185 and 1333.
Kachiiro is Japanese word means deep purple and blue.
Also it has a meaning of winning. That is why Aizome became so
popular for samurai, and the trend had been continued through generations.
The ancient strings were used to tie Samurai's helmet.
I try to feel the moment of that era.
Its warmth of hand-knitted strings is in the present era.
And Thea is going to keep enriching our minds.
It used to be called 'Sarashi Momen" in local area.
You may be fascinated its silky polish.
You have chosen Moka Momen fabric by your intuition for your lifetime Kimono.
It became a roll of goods and finally tailored for you.
Whatever situations you are at, being a part of elegant scenery or under the sunshine.
Once you wear it, the world looks different.
Nikko Geta 日光下駄
In Edo period, Entering shrines and temples
that reaspect the formality had stric restriction.
"Zori"was used in principle as footwear.
However there were many stones and hills
around shrines and temples of Nikko.
It was also a lot of snow. therefore it was
in convenience to walk with cleansed zori.
Another footwear named "Gomen Geta" was devised.
"Gomen geta" was made of rootstock of geta
which stitched with hemp cord.
It was used as formal footwear for feudal lord
(Daimyo), shinto priests and Buddhist monks.
In Meiji era, the footwear was improved which was comfortable to wear.
It was also used habitually by common people.
Nikko geta was born.
Nikko Carving 日光彫
There is the traditional carving culture in Nikko, know as Nikko Bori(carving).
It put sense of beauty, craft that ware developed
through climate and history in Nikko.
Nikko Bori has a series of process, wood-graining, carving, painting,
and craftspeople infuse their souls into each products by hand work.
Nikko Bori is one of the unique wood carving cultures
that keeps improving and inherited for years and years.
The warmth of hand-carved products and energy make tour life rich.