Kudzu-fu wild-crafting bag
|Hand-sewn collection composed of Kudzu-fu (kudzu fabric).
The fabric is the natural color of kudzu plants.
Kudzu-fu, regarded as a primitive material, is woven of threads made of the bast fibers of the kudzu stem.
Kudzu fabric from the Enshu region (now Shizuoka Prefecture) has a characteristic shine.
In the Edo era, according to Wakan sansai zue (an encyclopedia compiled in the Edo period), Enshu became Japan's sole kudzu production district.
Before fabrics such as hemp, karamushi, cotton and silk were introduced to Japan, fabrics were collectively called yu-fu. The raw materials were generally made from the bast fibers of kudzu, wisteria and paper mulberry. Some kudzu fabric attached to a bronze mirror from the early Kofun period was excavated from the Shobugaura-Kofun Tumulus in Dazaifu, Kyushu Prefecture. This is considered to be the oldest Kudzu cloth in Japan. Several references to kudzu can be found in Manyoshu (Ten Thousands Leaves - the first major anthology of early Japanese poetry). Kudzu was worn as clothing as early as the Nara period (710-794 AD).
Kudzu vines are harvested in early summer when they are still green. The vines are tied, boiled, and then cooled in a stream. They are then wrapped in susuki grass and naturally fermented. They are taken out once their skin has dissolved. The kudzu is then dried and split by hand.
References; "The story of Kudzu-fu" by Tatsuhiko Murai
Kudzu 80%, Cotton 20%
WIDTH 16 / HEIGHT 32
*The size is in centimeters.