⟨ Object ⟩

Yoshidakaya

Folk craft since 1921

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Iris Heung

託中川政七商店的福,現在人們談到奈良特產時,都會首先想起縣內歷史悠久的麻製品。

同樣是生產麻織製品,吉田蚊帳創業於1921年,資歷或許不如中川政七商店,卻也是當地傳統民藝品的生產代表。這裡的「ならまちふきん」,是工房把原本用於蚊帳的布料,做成一條日常家居使用的抹布。這種布料擁有良好吸水性、去污力強,並且容易晾乾。每次使用抹布後,只要簡單清洗,布料即光潔如新,是經久耐用的家居工具。

「ならまちふきん」有二十多種染料顏色,以綠色為例就可以分成抹茶綠、橄欖綠、青苔綠等等。這裡挑的是純白色款,原因是只要想到用抹布清理完水污油污後,整條髒兮兮的,卻只要用清水洗滌後即恢復潔白;光是這個洗滌的過程,心裡面就會豁然開朗起來。

What comes to mind when talking about the local produce from Nara Prefecture? Thanks to the fame of the shop Nakagawa Masashichi, the hemp fabric handicraft which has a long history of production in the region seems to be a synonym to the prefecture’s famous local produce.

The Yoshida family has been producing linen crafts since 1921. Despite a shorter history than Nakagawa Masashichi, Yoshida is also a key representative of this local folk craft. They produce day-to-day dishcloth out from linen fabric that is normally used for making mosquito netting curtains. Such material offers great absorbency and cleaning power, its quick drying property also allows easy cleaning that makes it a very durable household item.

The dishcloth comes with more than twenty types of dyed colors. The green color alone offers different shades such as Matcha-green, olive-green and moss-green. The one we featured is the pure white cloth, for the sheer pleasure of seeing the soiled clothes returning to shining white again just by running it under clean water.