Kyo Yuzen dyeing

Kyoto, Kansai

The yuzen dyeing method was introduced to Japan from the continent in the 8th century. Tradition has it that hand painted yuzen was first made by the artist Miyazaki Yuzensai of Kyoto. Many colors are used and yuzen dyeing used to dye kimonos in picturesque designs developed with the cultural life of Kyoto townspeople. In modern times craftsmen developed Utsushi-yuzen (tracing) in which a yuzen design is dyed using paper patterns. Yuzen dyeing is used for kimonos, coats and haori (short coats worn with formal kimonos), and these days is produced in the cities of Kyoto and Uji, part of greater Kyoto. Kyo-yuzen dyeing was designated a traditional craft in 1976.


Yuzen Art Museum, Ancient Yuzen Department:Nishi-Hairu, Takatsuji-Inokuma-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
[Bus]JR Kyoto Stn. / Bus / 10-min. ride / Horikawa Matsubara Stop / 2-min. walk

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