Nishijin Ori Brocade
"Luxury Silk Textile of Traditional Culture of Kyoto"

Nishijin Ori is a brocade that is a yarn-dyed textile produced in “Nishijin,” which is a common name given to the northwest area of Kyoto. It has a long history, dating back to the Heian period (794 CE - 1185 CE), and is characterized by the use of beautifully dyed threads and patterns woven using a variety of techniques.

Because it is produced in small quantities in a wide variety, Nishijin Ori is highly scarce and valuable. This fabric can be cherished for an extended period of time, often being passed down from one generation to the next.

In 1976, it was designated as a Japanese traditional craft, and today, this luxurious three-dimensional woven art is widely known around the world as a representative silk textile of Japan.

Charm of Nishijin Ori

The charm of Nishijin Ori is the beautiful three-dimensional patterns which are precisely planned by the yarn-dyeing technique (weaving the pattern after dyeing the threads). It is more durable and wrinkle-resistant than pieces dyed after they have been woven which is the more common method of production. And it is this detailed and meticulous craftsmanship that makes Nishijin Ori a very luxurious and artistic textile.

Instead of mass production, Nishijin Ori is crafted in small quantities, utilizing a division of labor. The products are known as the most authentic and beautiful textiles for Obi belts for kimonos in Japan because of its beauty of color using more than 50 colors of threads and patterns precisely woven.

Moreover, in its history of more than 1,000 years, Nishijin Ori has produced a diverse range of decorative textiles, and has made great strides in tradition, such as the introduction of jacquard weaving in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Today, in addition to Obi belts and other traditional Japanese kimono items, Nishijin Ori is also utilized in modern clothing, table accessories and decorative items such as lucky cats and Daruma dolls. 

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Kikyoya produces Japanese accessories by utilizing the most luxurious Japanese textile techniques, such as Yuzen silk dyeing and Nishijin Ori, which have been inherited from Kyoto, while exploring modern Japanese aesthetic styles.

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