For over 30 years, Kikyoya has been creating original and uniquely designed products made from authentic Nishijin Ori brocade used for kimonos and obis(sashes for kimonos).
Located in Kyoto, the home to many traditional crafts of Japan, Kikyoya has innovatively combined the technique of Yuzen dyeing and sewing skills used for kimono fabric with the intricate weaving skills of obis to create original products such as table runners, coasters and many other beautifully crafted items.
History of Kikyoya
To realize the innovative idea of creating a product that combined the high quality craftsmanship and the beauty of kimonos and obis, Mr. Yasui established Kikyoya in 1997.
Mr. Yasui was born into the family business of Yuzen dyeing in Kyoto. After studying various techniques of the Yuzen dyeing for over 15 years, he first established Yasui Sensho and then changed the company to the present name Kikyoya.
Mr. Yasui is presently a member of the Kyoto Yuzen Cooperative and has received various awards for his work.
Kikyoya Table Runners
The table runners by Kikyoya are truly a work or art.
It takes multiple craftsmen who specialize in differing processes of production to create one item. Thus, although there are a variety of items, the number of each item is quite limited.
Kikyoya table runners are made using traditional high quality Nishijin Ori pure silk fabric. These table runners are delicately woven with intricate yet bold designs giving them a beautiful three-dimensional look.
And what makes these table runners especially unique are the tassels at each end. The thread used for the tassels are dyed to match the pattern of the table runners and then braided by hand.
This table runner is also a very practical piece of table decor. The fabric is double-lined and can be used on both sides. It is sturdy and durable and also water-resistant which makes it easy to care for.
Matching the radiant and exquisite beauty of the runner, the tassels add an extra touch of elegance to the table.
Behind the Nishijin name
The name “Nishijin” originates back to the 15th century when western military troops in the Onin War(1467-1477) set up their camp in this area; “nishi” meaning west and “jin” meaning “camp.” After the war, all the craftsmen who fled Kyoto returned to this area and resumed their craftwork which eventually led to the development of the textile industry in Kyoto.
Interestingly, you will not find the word “Nishijin” in any address of a store or a workshop. “Nishijin” is a registered trademark of the Nishijin Industrial Association and is a term used to describe an area in the northern section of Kyoto where Nishijin Ori products are made.
You can decorate the table with just the table runner or you can match it up with a tablecloth. To give accent to a room or a space, place the table runner on a sideboard or chest, or use it as a bed throw on a bed.
When using the table runner for a meal, lay the table runner widthwise of the table. The drape of the table runner should be about 20-30cm(7.9in-11.8in) from the side of the table. This proportion is the best length that complements the decor of the table.
But if you have small children, who almost always want to pull anything that is draping, we recommend that you do not let the table runner fall over from the sides.
For special occasions like a party or celebration, place the table runner lengthwise or on a diagonal to give the table a glamorous appearance.
The beauty of a kimono at home
Add this item to your home to upgrade your table for a Japanese meal. Or send it as a gift to someone special.
In 2011, this table runner was sent to Hillary Clinton, who was the U.S. Secretary of State at the time, as a gift that represented traditional Japanese craftwork.
Kikyoya has been making beautiful items filled with traditional Japanese craftsmanship that will decorate your home with the graceful and elegant beauty of a kimono with this table runner.