The students and I learned the angin technique, starting from processing raw material. Under the supervision of Echigo Angin Denshoukai and Tokamachi City Museum Tomonokai, I planted and reaped karamushi (ramie), extracted the skin and the green, dried it and built an angin knitting machine (producing wooden beam, collecting wood, crafting, drilling holes, chipping, etc.). A technical demonstration was provided for the general public. We were able to reconsider our identity through the process of producing fiber-based works and reinstate our traditional techniques with the participation of many people.
Angin is written in Chinese characters signifying "knit clothes" or "knit fabric." It is a technique to produce fabric by knitting karamushi (ramie), a plant indigenous to Japan since the ancient times and nurtured in the local climate. It was developed before the Jomon period, practiced throughout Japan, and used as daily utensils. Two to three thousand years later, this technology was purportedly incorporated as base for weaving technique. It is a handcraft fabric-making technique that is no longer prevalent in Japan.