Tokyo hand-dyed yuzen

Yuzen is a type of dyed textile unique to Japan and used for kimonos. Yuzen was first produced around 300 years ago in Kyoto by the dye artist Miyazaki Yuzensai, and became popular in Edo (now Tokyo) by the first half of the 19th century, due to the influence of pattern artisans who moved from Kyoto, passing down the techniques of hand-dyed yuzen to ukiyo-e artists in Edo. Yuzen production requires clean water, and initially was based at the estuary of the Kanda-gawa, moving gradually upstream and finally to Nerima-ku in Tokyo. What distinguishes Tokyo hand-dyed yuzen is the fact that a single artisan carries out the entire process in one continuous operation from design concept to finishing touches. Tokyo hand-dyed yuzen was designated a traditional craft in 1980.


Naka-Ochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo