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The Flame-style Pottery (National Treasure)

Life in a Jomon Village

Death and Burial

Oida Castle and Date-Hachimankan Ruins

Echigo Chijimi

Winter Tools

Echigo Angin

Silk Goods

Botanical Garden and Iseki Park

Echigo Angin

These exhibits will not be available from April 1, 2019 because they will be moving to the new Tokamachi City Museum under construction.

What is Echigo Angin?
Angin is a textile knitted from thin, coarse threads of yarn spun from ramie, a natural plant fiber. Its production involves a similar technique used to make straw screens and baskets. This textile has a long history that originates in Early Jomon (5000-2500 BC), and seemingly continues through the Muromachi period (1338-1573) as it appears in illustrations drawn at that time.

But despite this seemingly long history, as other types of woven textiles grew in popularity, angin became more of a rarity. Today, it has no practical place in daily life, and is only woven for the purpose of conserving the traditional techniques used in its production.

It is thought that angin was produced exclusively in the region which is today Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town. The last time it was produced was during the Meiji period until a Mr. Naguro Kobayashi rediscovered it in 1953. At that time, the last known producer of angin, Denjiro Matsusawa, was already 85 years old. Angin and the techniques used to create it are on the verge of disappearing.
A Sleeveless Vest

Angin is knitted by entwining warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) threads. The process involves a tool that stands on legs fixed to a central crossbeam on which the warp thread is hung. The weft thread is wound around multiple gkomodichih.

Echigo Angin Products
Money Pouch Waist Apron
Belt Apron
The Echigo Angin Densho Kai
Today, there is a local group which aims to conserve the traditional techniques used to make Echigo Angin. Established in 1994, the group gives lessons to those who are interested in learning how to weave Echigo Angin. Please contact the museum for more information.

Meeting Days: 1st and 3rd Friday of the Month
Members: Around 10

Some of the Angin products made by this group, such as coasters, are available for sale at the Tokamachi City Museum. Come and buy them!

Group Members Weaving Angin Finished!