Araihari (washing technique)


Araihari is a washing technique where all the seams of a kimono are untied, it is washed, the wrinkles are smoothed out, and it is dried. There is also itabari where wide flat planks are used and shinshibari that uses long bamboo spits called shinshi. Itabari is a simple technique that stretches starched clothes over wooden boards while shinshibari is a technique where the end of the cloth is fixed in place to the tip of the shinshi and the elasticity of the bamboo is used to pull it tight. Initially, different techniques were used depending on the type of cloth, but because shinshibari was difficult, the simple method of itabari became generally widespread. Until a specialized stretch board became widespread in the Meiji period, wooden doors were primarily used.
The special occupation of being an araihari shop made its appearance in the beginning of the Edo period. Because araihari is done when clothing is made over or re-dyed, tailors and dye houses would sometimes carry out araihari instead of araihari shops.

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