タオルづくりでとても重要な工程である精錬漂白。染色前にきれいな水でじっ くりと時間を掛け、原糸の油分や不純物を取り除くこの工程は、綿本来が持つ 吸水性と天然の白さを引き出します。コストや時間短縮などの合理性を求めた 加工ではなく、綿の油分を程よく残すことで、柔らかく、水を吸い、永く使っ ても堅くなりにくいタオルが出来上がります。それぞれの工程で機械化が進み、 多くのタオルを作り出せるようになった今でも、人の手でなければ仕上げられ ない大切な工程があります。経験の高い職人によって、パイルの長さや密度に 合わせて糸が織機にセットされ、ミミやヘムはパイルの巻き込みを防ぐため、 1 枚ずつ人の手によってミシンで縫製されています。肌触りと使い心地を大切 にしたタオルはこうして作られます。

Refined bleaching is a very important process in the creation of towels. This process, wherein oil content and other impurities are removed from the thread by soaking it in clean water for a very long time before dying, brings out the absorbency and natural whiteness which are inherent in the cotton. It is not a process that seeks rationality such as through cost or time reduction, and leaving just the right amount of the cotton's oil content results in a towel which is soft, absorbs water, and won't harden even after years of use. Presently as mechanization of these processes has progressed there are many towels produced, but there are still important processes which can only be completed by human hands. After the thread is set into the loom according to the length and density of the pile by a highly experienced technician, the selvedges and hems are sewn on sewing machines one by one by hand in order to prevent the pile from winding. This is how towels are created with great attention paid to the feel on the skin and comfort of use. We have presented towels in


タオルを日本の伝統色で表現しました。変わらず緑の葉をつけることから、長 寿や不変の象徴である松のような深い緑色の「松の葉」、銀を感じさせる明る い灰色で、江戸時代の着物の流行色となった「銀鼠」、藍染めの甕に布をほん の少し浸しだけのような、淡い涼しげな藍色の「甕覗」、薪や炭火を消してつくっ た柔らかい炭のような「消炭」。日本人特有の感性によって生まれた繊細な色 調と、その色に付けられた名にも日本人の粋が見て取れます。

We have presented towels in traditional Japanese colors. "Matsu-no-ha (Pine Tree Leaf)", deep green color like the pine tree, a symbol of longevity and permanence due to its unchanging production of green leaves; "Gin-nezu (Silver Grey)", a bright grey which has the feel of silver and was a fashionable color for kimonos in the Edo periods; "Kamenozoki (Pale Aqua)", a faint, refreshing indigo blue as if the cloth was soaked in a jar of indigo dye only for a moment; and "Keshi-zumi (Used Charcoal)", which is like soft charcoal created from an extinguished firewood or charcoal fire. The Japanese sophistication can be seen in these delicate color tones, born from the unique sensibilities of the Japanese people, as well as the names given to the colors.