Enjoy and experience Japanese historical Nishijin textile near Imperial Palace
The beautiful fabrics woven in the Nishijin district are seen as a symbol of Kyoto. Nishijin textile has been developed over 1,000 years with Hata clan, the descendants of the immigrants from the continent, who brought new farming methods as well as knowledge of silkworms and the manufacture of silk fabrics. After learning the methods and technology such as Jacquard and flying shuttle from France and Austria, modernization of Japanese silk textile industry has begun in Nishijin (referred to the official brochure). In Nishijin Textile Center, you can experience putting on kimono, making scarf with Japanese silk threads, watching hand-weaving, and more. One of their main events is Kimono Fashion Show that is held seven times a day for free. Please visit when you are around!
Kimono Fashion Show
This show will be held every day (except December 29th to January 3rd) and lasts about 10 minutes. It is good to note that it is free of charge, and you don't need to make a reservation. Please come to the 1st floor where you can see the stage with a big banner above. Since the theme of the show changes every three month, you may enjoy a different stage next time you visit there. The show times are: 10am, 10:50am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15 and 4pm every day.
Breeding Of Silkworms
The process of making Japanese silk fabric can be seen on the 2nd floor. In the square boxes, there are many silkworms (depending on the life-cycle) that are making the cocoons. You can see the process of silkworms eating mulberry leaves, producing threads from their mouths, and making cocoons.
On the 2nd floor, there is a shopping floor with many handmade Japanese silk products. One of the popular items is the silk scarf which will make you feel cool in summer but warm in winter. What is good about this product is that it has a durability in washing with wrinkle resistance. It is light and doesn’t take much space, so it may be a great souvenir to bring back to your country!
Here, you can watch a demonstration of hand-weaving by skillful artisans. This machine is called Jacquard and it was introduced to Japan from Lyon, France in 1872. Since then, it has been improved and used widely in Japan. You may be amazed to see how she weaves.
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Please do not touch the machines when the signs say so.
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Nishijin Textile Center / 西陣織会館
|Category||Museums & Galleries, Cultural Experience|
|Address||414, Tatemonzencho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8216|
|Directions||2-minute walk from Horikawa-imadegawa bus stop by Kyoto bus line #9, #101/ 10-minute walk from Imadegawa Station on Subway Karasuma Line|
|Open Hours||9am - 5pm|
|Reservations||Advance reservation is necessary for lessons such as weaving a scarf, cocoon craft, handweaving and so on. The restaurant is for group use (reservation is necessary).|
|Closed||Dec. 29th - Jan. 3rd|
|Credit cards||VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Accepted (only when you make a purchase over ￥3,000)|
There are brochures in several languages such as English, Chinese and Korean. Staff who speak English and Chinese are available in Nishijin Textile Center.
|Information||English, Chinese, and Korean|
|Lanuages spoken||English, Chinese, and Korean|