Overview of producing areas Minachi-gasa hat
Scenes of work
Hinoki cypress wood, cut in August and September, is processed into strips. The wood is shaved with a special plane and the thickness of the strips, which vary according to the location woven, is determined through skill and intuition.
Braided cord is used to reinforce the edge of the hat. There are 5-cord braids and 7-cord braids.
The strips are alternately passed under each other, to shape the body through wicker weaving. The shape is formed while calculating where to insert bamboo and cherry bark for reinforcement.
After weaving, the main part of the hat is reinforced with three pieces of bamboo. The edge is wrapped with thick braided cord and strengthened. On the back, the brim that supports the shade is closed with hemp thread to complete the hat.