Wander Nishijin-ori

Nishijin-ori にしじんおり

The historic national treasure made by Japanese traditional craftsmen with special dyeing technology and original weaving pattern.



History Behind

Nishijin-ori‘s origins are with the Yasushi family, who immigrated to Kyoto from China around the 5th to 6th century and introduced how to make silk textiles to the local people. By the 8th century, the royal court had created an official branch to supervise the textile artists and their production. These artisans used to live together around Chouza machi, Kamigyo ku, Kyoto, which became a textile Mecca.

After a long period of civil war between 1467 and 1477, the artisans returned to Kyoto and revived the textile industry in the area of Imagawa, Omiya, which used to be the fort for the West. Nishijin’s literal translation is the West fort. Since then, the name has been used for the method of weaving to create designs and patterns using dyed threads in Kyoto.

Implication of Crane - Longevity & Peace

Crane symbolize good fortune and longevity in Japanese culture. In mythology, crane has thousand years of age and bring peace to human. Therefore, japanese always use crane to represent health and longevity.

Implication of Chrysanthemum - Royal & Power

In ancient times, the "chrysanthemum" was very rare and precious. It was a special identity symbol for the royal family. The yellow chrysanthemum represents elegance, the red chrysanthemum represents arrogance, and the pill-shaped pattern is a symbol of sublime and longevity.

Precious & Limited

Nishijin Ori are yarn-dyed figured fabrics featuring woven patterns made with dyed yarn. A large number of steps are required to produce the finished products. The manufacturing process is based on division of labor, so that each step is performed manually by professionals.