Shijira-ori is a cotton fabric produced in Tokushima Prefecture.
Since Awa is the old name for Tokushima Prefecture, it is also called ‘Awa Shjira-ori.’
This cotton fabric has the crepe texture, which is created by weaving a slack yarns in the warp alternating yarns of normal tension. Sometimes, it is called ‘Chijimi-ori’ because of its crepe appearance.
Since it creates a feeling of coolness and comfort, it has been often used for summer wear.
Shijira-ori is generally dyed with indigo dye made from the indigo plant indigenous to Tokushima and it has been designated as “Tokushima Prefecture-designated intangible cultural properties.”