Weaving pre-dyed yarn (‘kasuri’ in Japanese) began in India and is said to have been brought to Japan via
Southeast Asia. Japan’s most ancient kasuri fabrics can be found today among the Sōshōin treasures, but the technique really came into its own in Noh theatre costume during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), as the fabric ground for samurai costume in the Edo period (1603-1868), as well as to produce outfits for ladies-in-waiting at samurai or court-noble households. These fabrics are all thought to have been made in Nishijin, Kyoto.
In the late 1920s a type of pre-dyed fabric called kasuri-omeshi became popular, and later developed into the Nishijin-gasuri we know today. This is one of the earliest sample book of Nishijin-gasuri.