Try Dyeing Items With Traditional Japanese Emblems!
Located near Kyoto’s business district of Karasuma Oike, BANBA SENKOGYO CO., Ltd. offers a Kamon (Family Emblem) Workshop to dye traditional Japanese emblems onto towels, accessory cases, bags and other items. Kamon were emblems used mainly during the Heian Period (794-1185) on Kimono and other items to represent names and peoples social status. A unique aspect of this workshop is the ability to dye items with Kamon designs actually used by Sengoku Period generals like Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. All the items that the emblems go on to are dyed black with a dyeing technique called Kyo-kurozome, which originated in Kyoto. Black is a traditional Japanese color and the Japanese have long depicted the beauty of the color on mediums such as India-ink paintings and lacquer ware. Approximately 5,000 emblems are available. Of particular interest are the set of flower emblems that represent all 366 birthdays in existence. Try dyeing something with your own birthday flower emblem to mark your item with your birthday in the place of your name. Weekday visits do not require a reservation, and, if you select your item quickly, you can finish within 10 minutes.