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. In its heyday in the 1930s there were about 300 specialist making Nishijin-gasuri. Now there are only seven. With only one of them aged below 50, and the remaining six quite elderly, the lack of younger artisans to continue the tradition is a concern. Efforts are now focused on new ideas that will enable us not only to protect the tradition, but to broaden the use of Nishijin-gasuri fabric into the future.


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

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app


Google apps