Tradition has it that Nishijin weaving began when the Hata clan who came from China in the 5th to 6th centuries settled in the present Kyoto area, bringing with them sericulture (the cultivation of silkworms) and silk weaving. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years from the end of the 8th century, and many aristocrats lived in the capital. Nishijin-ori denotes an exclusive, luxury textile that developed a loyal following among the Japanese aristocracy and other members of the wealthy classes. Nishijin weave became one of the leading textiles of Japan by adopting new techniques introduced from the continent and consistently producing superior fabrics. Many products are made here including obi (sashes) worn with kimonos, cloth for kimonos and neckties. Nishijin-ori was designated a traditional craft in 1976.
Address: Nishijin Weaving Museum:Minami-Hairu, Horikawa-Imadegawa, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn. / Bus / 20-min. ride / Horikawa-Imadegawa Stop / 3-min. walk