Are you thinking of purchasing a samue for the first time, but don't know which one to choose? Would you like to know more about what makes one samue different from another?

It's quite natural to ask yourself these things when shopping for something you are not familiar with. So, we would like to introduce three popular samue from the Wasuian store that are great for first-time buyers: Cotton Twill Weave Samue, Kasuri Tsumugi Samue, and Tate Slub Samue. Now, let's take a look at the features of each of the three samue.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue

A simple samue made with sturdy, robust fabric. For spring, fall, and winter.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

Soft and comfortable, this samue comes in 17 colors. Ideal from spring to fall.

1051 Tate Slub Samue

This traditional, rustic samue is made in a vintage-style fabric. Ideal for spring through fall.

These are the three samue we recommend for those looking to try a samue for the first time, but they're also great for samue lovers.

Though our store offers many varieties of samue, including ones especially suitable for summer and winter, we recommend these samue because they are all of moderate thickness and can be worn for a large part of the year. Note that the samue are worn with clothing underneath. These samue are suited to any time of year, except the hot days of summer and cold days of winter.

So, what are the differences between these samue, which can all generally be worn in similar times of the year? We'll compare them by focusing on three points: the texture of the fabric, comfort, and colors available.

1. Fabric Texture

The biggest difference you'll find among these samue is the look and feel of the fabrics. It might not be noticeable from a distance, but up close, they are quite different.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue

This samue is made of a simple, plain fabric with a subtle sheen. "Twill weave" is a weaving technique used for denim and other fabrics where the density of the threads can be increased. This fabric has good elasticity, is comfortable, and doesn't wrinkle easily. This samue is recommended for those looking for a clean and stylish look.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

This fabric is woven with "Tsumugi thread" (a thread of uneven thickness) in an old-fashioned, elegant pattern called "Kasuri pattern" that is faintly visible. The fabric appears a solid color at a distance, but up close the crisscross pattern is visible. This samue is recommended for those seeking a more traditional-looking samue.

1051 Tate Slub Samue

This samue is made of "slub fabric" woven using "slub threads," thread with sporadic knots in it. As the "tate" here in Japanese refers to the warp threads of the weave, fine lines of slub thread can be seen running vertically. The rustic feel of the fabric gives it a vintage look, so even if it's your first samue, it will give the impression that you've worn it for many years and are accustomed to it.

Notice how the looks of these fabrics are quite different, even in the same grey. Despite this, all three are 100% cotton. It's the different kinds of thread used and the methods by which they are woven that lead to the remarkable differences in the textures of the fabrics. Nonetheless, they all share the same softness of natural cotton.

2. Comfort

The three samue are very similar in thickness.

Only the 1051 Tate Slub Samue varies in thickness due to the thicker threads spaced throughout the fabric.

This is how they look when laid side by side.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue → 6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue → 1051 Tate Slub Samue, all in Navy blue, size L.

As you can see, there is little difference in thickness. However, the 3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue will feel warmer than the other two. This is because the denser fabric of the 3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue is better at retaining heat.

All weights are for size L and include both upper and lower garments.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue 825g
6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue 760 g
1051 Tate Slub Samue 610 g

Unlike with the thicknesses, the weights of each samue are quite different because of differences in the density and weights of the threads used.

The difference can be seen when the fabrics are held up to the light.

The following are photos of the samue held up for comparison.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue

You can see that the fabric is firm and comparatively warmer, as you cannot see through to the other side due to the density of the weave. Though the 100% cotton weave normally causes wrinkles to stand out, the twill weave method leads to fewer wrinkles in the fabric, rendering a neat and clean look.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

Though this fabric is more transparent in comparison, the parts with overlapping fabric are not transparent, meaning you aren’t able to see clothes worn under the fabric. Though it may appear thin, the thickness and weight are both medium. It has a moderate thickness and becomes softer and more comfortable with repeated washing.

1051 Tate Slub Samue

The transparency of this samue is in between the other two, being just slightly transparent. The lightest of the three, the fabric feels smooth to the touch. It can be worn in a wide range of seasons and climates.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue is described as a fall and winter samue because it feels too warm to wear in Japanese humid summer. The other two samue can be worn in the summer in an air-conditioned room, so they have been described as spring through fall samue. If you feel hot or cold, we recommend changing what you wear underneath to adjust to the temperature.

3. Available Colors

The samue come in the following number of colors.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

17 colors

The 6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue come in an abundance of colors, giving it the most color choices in our entire lineup, not only among the three we are recommending in this blog. The colors are in bright pastel hues, giving the samue a cheerful and festive feeling.

It's available in sizes SS to LL, the "SS size" being unique to this samue.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue

11 colors

The one with the second most colors is the 3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue. The chic colors combined with the subtle sheen of the fabric create this samue’s relaxing look.

Some may find the colors of the previously introduced 6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue a little too bright. If that's you, we think you might prefer the colors of the 3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue.

Available in sizes S-LL.

1051 Tate Slub Samue

6 colors

Though the 1051 Tate Slub Samue come in fewer colors than the other two, the six colors that it comes in are traditional Japanese colors. The colors and the vintage-like fabric contribute to the refined and calm look of the samue.

Even more remarkable is that it's available in the 4L size (currently only in Navy blue). With a wide range of sizes from S to 4L, this samue is recommended to those seeking a simple, traditional samue.

Also, the 1051 Tate Slab Samue are the only Wasuian samue available in "Iron Blue," which is a deep blue with a slight greenish tinge, giving it a youthful flair compared to the Navy blue.

Regarding the size ranges, the 1051 Tate Slub Samue are manufactured according to the A Size Chart, while the 3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue and the 6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue are manufactured according to the B Size Chart.

Type A has a slightly slimmer fit. Please refer to the size chart when ordering.


Let’s have a quick overview of the main features of each samue.

3055 Cotton Twill Weave Samue

Firm fabric texture with a subtle sheen.

Dense and opaque fabric, comparatively warm, best in fall and winter. Delivers an air of elegance. The second widest variety of color options. Comes in soft colors.

6001 Kasuri Tsumugi Samue

The Kasuri pattern helps to create a subtle Japanese feel. The fabric is slightly see-through in the light, but not thin. Good from spring to fall, soft to the touch.

The most color options, and also comes in SS size.

1051 Tate Slub Samue

Vintage-style fabric. The fabric has medium thickness and transparency and is somewhat light. Good from spring to fall, even one new to samue will seem accustomed to it. Comes in 6 chic colors and has large sizes available.

So what do you think? We hope that this blog will help you find the right samue for you.

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