Handweaving in Kyoto

Ever since I saw this post in Uncovering Japan, I have been planning to go and try it. Finally the day arrived.

Nishijin Textile is located in Kyoto, looks like any other office building but as soon as you step inside, you will be taken to the world of wonderfully designed Kimono.

The Free Kimono Show is schedule every 45-50 minutes starting from ten in the morning till four in the afternoon.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto

We got there just as the show was starting.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto

We did not finish the show since we got called by the staff. Time to do some weaving :).

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
My working station.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
Mr. P and Miss R , working really hard on their weaving.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
Miss J and her blue table center piece.

Yes, we are making a simple, small table center.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
I’m done.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
The Nishijin Staff, putting some glue and finishing my table center piece.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto
Lots of mini-looms. I think there are about 80 looms in the room. These looms are used only for weaving introduction.

We went back to the main building were the shop is located and where you can see some of the weavers while working.

Hand Weaving Experience @ Nishijin Textile Kyoto

Just to show that in one master piece, it will take more than just one thread.

There was a girl there working in this huge canvass , unfortunately no pictures allowed while she is working. When she saw us, she came and show us her nails, they were very uneven.

There are also hand made products, beautiful and expensive in the shop. A great gift or souvenir from a place called Kyoto.

Hand weaving requires some advance reservation and cost 1800 yen for each person.

Kimono

I’m not going to write anything about how to wear it, I don’t even know 😀  . I went to a Kimono Wearing Seminar earlier this month and we were shown different Kimono

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  1.  Furisode ( the violet with Long Sleeves ) – Long-sleeve formal wear for unmarried woman. This type of Kimono is richly patterned. It is worn to Coming of Age, graduation, wedding and tea ceremonies and to parties. Do you know why the sleeves are long? Because it is were the young beau put their love letters 😀
  2. Tomesode ( Black ) – Half-sleeve formal wear for married women. Only the lower part of the kimono is patterned, and a small crest appears on the back of the collar and on both sides of the chest.  The sleeves are cut to half so that young and not so young pursuers is discourage to put love letters 😀
  3. Homongi – Visiting Kimono. Semi-formal wear, patterned form the shoulder to the chest, on the sleeves and also on the lower part of the kimono above the hem.
  4. Komo – Kimono entirely covered by intricate pattern(e.g. small flowers). Less formal than visiting kimono. However, those more elegant komon, combined with an appropriate obi, are as formal as a visiting kimono
  5. Yukata – Summer Kimono. Made of cotton. Worn at festivals , bon dancing,etc.

Of course, there are still lots of accessories but I don’t have any pictures right now. Will post them if I’ll be able to get it 😀