The Journal of Silk Science and Technology of Japan
Online ISSN : 1881-1698
Print ISSN : 1880-8204
ISSN-L : 1880-8204
Resource deployment in the Gosen textile production area in the postwar period and the production structure
Juan ZhangTakeshi YokoyamaAkira SunouZuobing FanNaotatsu Ono
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2011 Volume 19 Pages 3-8


The purpose of this study was to understand how resources in the Gosen textile production area were deployed in the postwar period and the area’s production structure, so as to support the continued survival of local small and medium-size textile producers. We interviewed members of Gosen weaving cooperatives and a representative weaving company. The scale of production in the Gosen area has reduced gradually since 1975, as shown in the number of weaving companies, production quantity, and shipments: that is, the production base has been weakening. Both high-ranking and low-ranking companies have coexisted in the area. Respondents emphasized that Gosen weaving companies have maintained a traditional technique, called Nureyoko. These findings highlight two factors necessary for the continued survival of weaving in Gosen: it is necessary to build a new production system as soon as possible, and to maintain traditional techniques and high-quality Sirokiji, while at the same time developing new weaving goods which consumers want. ( E-mail:

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