The Kagoshima Shirt and Kagoshima Kuro Shirt bring Japan’s traditional craftwork to life today with the use of Oshima Tsumugi fabrics – which come from Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture – tastefully decking the collar, sleeves and placket. What’s unique about Oshima Tsumugi is the technique and effort that goes into making it such a premium product: each string is dyed separately according to the design before the shirt is woven. However, the manufacturer was able to incorporate Oshima Tsumugi into everyday clothes by using the premium fabric only partially on shirts and blouses, and by developing a processing technique that would minimize discoloration or shrinkage when washing at home. The 100% cotton shirts are also processed with wrinkle-free technology so they are ready to wear without ironing after washing. The shirts are easy to care for, so the traditional craftwork can be worn and enjoyed in style every day.