Nishijin-ori Art Museum Shosuikaku

Famous Paintings Fantastically Reproduced on Traditional Textiles

In order to introduce the over thousand years long history of Kyoto's Nishijin silk fabrics to a modern audience, the company opened this museum. In a converted "machiya," one of Kyoto's characteristic old townhouses, screens, hanging scrolls and other attractive furnishings are on display.

However, the highlight of this museum is a series of works where masterpieces by famous painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and the ukiyoe artist Ando Hiroshige have been reproduced in minute detail in silk, all the way down to the brushstrokes. Particularly striking is Monet's Water Lilies, which glows in the dark thanks to the use of fluorescent silk!

At the workshop, you can visit a loom that can weave the world's most detailed fabrics.

Nishijin-ori Art Museum Shosuikaku
ADDRESS Higashi-iru, Chiekouin, Teranouchi street, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
TEL 075-431-1670
ACCESS Take bus 9 from JR Kyoto Station, get off at “Horikawa-Teranouchi” and walk 10 minutes.
OPEN 9:30 - 17:00
CLOSE New Year's holidays, mid-August. (The workshop is closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.)
Photo: © Nishijin-ori Art Museum