The Senshu area is famous for its textile industry, and the town of Kumatori has been producing towels since 1893. The production process is divided among several specialist factories, from weaving to sewing edges. In its heyday there were around 500 factories cooperating to produce Senshu towels—high-quality towels that use a production method unique to the region—some of which were located in Kumatori.
The Kumatori Community Center Rengakan (“red-brick building”) is a short 15-minute walk from Kumatori Station (served by the JR Hanwa Line). During its peak of operation, two buildings were located on site, but now only one remains. The buildings were originally built for the purpose of producing fabrics and textiles from cotton. The remaining building was built in 1928 and ceased operation in 1992. Since the closure, it has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Kumatori. The building is preserved, and acts as a local community center, hosting exhibitions from local artists and events to promote various artistic and cultural activities in the community. Here, visitors can see a large float called a danjiri, used in the Danjiri Festival. These floats are believed to transport the spirit of deities from Shinto shrines. There is also a gallery about the history of the former cotton factory.