NHK World: Journeys in Japan
Akita, Yamagata, Niigata: The Textiles and Traditions of Winter
March 21, 2023
14:30 – 15:00 / 19:30 – 20:00
March 22, 2023
0:30 – 1:00 / 3:10 – 3:40 / 6:30 – 7:00

Akita, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures are known for their bitterly cold winter weather, with very heavy snowfall. In the old days, the people living in these areas developed warm textiles to help them survive the harsh conditions. They wove fabrics that incorporated fluffy fibers from wild plants or the down of wildfowl. And they developed unique quilting techniques to make their cotton clothes thicker and more robust. They also took advantage of the snow to bleach their fabrics. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Sheila Cliffe explores the textiles and clothing from Japan’s “Snow Country.”

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