Nishijin-ori is a characteristic Japanese woven fabric, made in Kyoto. There are 12 different types: this one, using pre-dyed yarn, is called “Nishijin-gasuri”. Although textiles woven with pre-dyed yarn (kasuri-ori) are produced all around Japan, Nishijin-gasuri stands out for its colourfully dyed silk yarn.

The process is where warp threads, prepared using the garakumi process, are vertically separated to make the pattern is called hashigo-kake or “laddering”. Nishijin weavers use a tool called hashigo (a ladder), to pass the threads through metal rods set at varied heights to accurately separate the yarn.


  • Title: Hashigo, Nishijin-gasuri
  • Creator: Kasai Ikuko
  • Date Created: 2018-03-19
  • Location Created: Kyoto
  • Original Language: Japanese
  • Subject Keywords: Nishijin-gasuri, Fabric, Nishijin Weaving, Silk, Kasuri, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nishijin
  • Type: Textile, fabric
  • External Link: itohen-univers
  • Medium: ikat, silk

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