photo Nishijinori


Nishijinori, yarn-dyed textiles, are produced and sold mainly in the northwest part of Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. In the Heian period, the technique was established and in the Edo period, with the support of feudal lords and wealthy merchants, Nishijinori saw a golden age. It is known for its production method of using raw pre-dyed silk to set a pattern in relief with the warp yarn so as to give a high quality feel and depth to the fabric; such an effect cannot be obtained by piece-dyeing patterns after the finishing of the weaving. Nishijinori involves many processes up to completion, resulting in specialization and division of labor and the rise of highly trained craftsmen, each skilled in a particular process; today Nishijinori is acknowledged as being supreme among Japanese textiles.


Production Areas

Kyoto, Uji, Kameoka, Joyo, and Nagaokakyo Cities in Kyoto Prefecture

Sights to See

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (The Grand Shrine of Inari shrines)

Nishijin Textile Center (You can enjoy the traditional craft of Nishijin textiles, and feast your eyes on the daily kimono fashion show.)