Kurume kasuri is a designated important intangible cultural asset of Japan and the Chikugo area in Fukuoka Prefecture is a major producing area of this textile. Twice a year, in June and November, seven Kurume kasuri studios open their doors to the public. On this special occasion, you can take a closer look at how the artisans practice their craft. Try your hand at weaving (free) or at dyeing fabric in the characteristic indigo hue (paid). Browse for textiles, accessories and men’s and women’s clothes at bargain prices too. Borrow bicycles for free at the main venue, or take advantage of the free shuttle bus running between all seven studios every 10 to 15 minutes. Bento lunches and dagojiru soup (miso soup with dumplings) will also be on offer, so you can enjoy exploring Chikugo Village Kasuri Open House all day long!
• 11/9 (Sat.), 11/10 (Sun.)
• Free entry (*additional fees for dyeing workshops and kimono rentals)
• Main venue: 730 Kumano, Chikugo City, Fukuoka
• Free shuttle bus from JR Hainuzuka Sta.
• 0942-53-4229 (Chikugo City Tourism Association)
Learn more about Kurume kasuri in these previous reports on Fukuoka Now:
Introducing Kurume Kasuri (Dec. 2017)
Kurume Kasuri Tour Report (Feb. 2018)
21st Kurume Kasuri Ai, Ai, Deai Festival Report (Mar. 2018)