Salt, Sugar and Cotton or “The Three Whites from Sanuki”, used to be renowned for its quality. Cotton was very closely knitted into the daily life of ordinary Sanuki people during the EDO period.
Extracting colours of plants by boiling them in water, we use some traditional materials, such as alum and camilla ashes, as dye mordants. This may seem rather old-fashioned, but it is still the least damaging way to dye cotton.
Using rice husks
as the base
The thread-ball core is made of rice husks wrapped in thin paper. We make the core by winding thin cotton threads around it over and over again until the paper is no longer to be seen.
Apply colored thread to the core, which later becomes the underlying outline for sewing patterns. Stitching over these lines, the elaborate geometric patterns slowly present themselves.