Kurume Kasuri (Fabric/Natural Dyes)


Woven Through History

Venture just outside Fukuoka to Kurume and you'll get the chance to see one of Japan's most precious crafts still in production. A UNESCO 'intangible cultural heritage' in action, watch Kurume's master Kasuri weavers craft some of the world's most beautiful cloth on the banks of the Chikugo River.

A visit to Kurume is a visit to the home of Kasuri textiles – an ancient Japanese weaving technique, similar to Ikat, which has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. With characteristically blurred patterns native to the banks of Chikogu River, this unique process creates patterns by tying and dying yarn before it is weaved. Once dried, these threads are then untied and then woven into the intricate final designs.

Visit a local mill such as Shimogwa or Ikeda Kasuri Kobo to meet the craftspeople continuing age-old traditions into the modern day and discover the painstaking process behind weaving some of the world's most beautiful cloth.

Find out more

Plan your trip

Use our interactive map to discover everything there is to do around Japan.

Honen-in Temple by Yukito Nishinaka


Watch video
    Honen-in Temple by Yukito Nishinaka
  • Auberge Tokito
  • Ishigaki Blue
  • Yachimun Pottery Dojo
  • Kouraku Kiln Pottery
  • Kurume Kasuri (Fabric/Natural Dyes)
  • Sekishu-Washi – Paper Manufacturing
  • Mima Indigo Dyeing
  • Yuasa Soy Sauce
  • Kintsugi Yagi
  • Yunokuni no Mori
  • Akanko Ainu Kotan
  • Natural Life Learning Center Boken Kazoku

Ways to discover Japan

Choose one filter to begin exploring.

My Itinerary

Your personalised itinerary of craft, wellness, nature and food experiences across the unique regions and hidden corners of Japan.

Find out more

Go Beyond

Discover more curated experiences in Japan’s hidden corners.

Find out more
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content