Arimatsu Shibori (Tie-Dyed Silk Fabric)
Arimatsu Shibori tie-dyed silk fabric was originally used for kimonos. Many shops remain along the Historic Townscapes of Arimatsu, one of the 53 post towns of the Old Tokaido Road, one of the 5 major highways that flourished during the Edo period. The Historic Townscapes of Arimatsu still retains the atmosphere of a traditional street lined with typical Japanese merchant houses. Many shops here still deal in the traditional specialty product of Arimatsu Shibori. What originated as a hand towel souvenir purchased by the travelers of the Old Tokaido Road was later used as cloth for kimono, maintaining a high popularity among kimono lovers.