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Published in Textile Society of America 2014 Biennial Symposium Proceedings: New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Los Angeles, California, September 10–14, 2014,


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Kudzu is one of archaic textiles in human experiences. In Japan, kudzu has been used not only daily products and clothing, but also court costume, samurai costume, wall paper, crafts and kimonos. A local community in Shizuoka has dealt with kudzu for a long time ago and I am one of them who succeeded to produce kudzu products. In this presentation, I will explain how the local community has preserved tradition and techniques of producing kudzu products. In addition, I will present how my family business of producing kudzu products has played a role in the local community in the past and the present.