Enjoy and experience Japanese historical Nishijin textiles near the imperial palace
The beautiful fabrics woven in the Nishijin district are seen as a symbol of Kyoto. Nishijin textiles have been developed over 1,000 years by the Hata clan, descendants of immigrants from China, who brought new farming methods as well as knowledge of silkworms and the manufacture of silk fabrics. Modernization of the Japanese silk textile industry begun in Nishijin (Official brochure used as reference) after methods and technology such as Jacquard and flying shuttle were learnt from France and Austria. In the Nishijin Textile Center, you can experience trying on kimono, making scarves with Japanese silk threads, watching hand-weaving, and more. One of their main events is the Kimono Fashion Show that is held seven times a day for free. Please take a visit if you are nearby!
Kimono Fashion Show
This show is 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 the big banner above it. Since the theme of the show changes every three months, you can enjoy different stages when you visit. 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 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. A popular item is the silk scarves, which will cool you down in summer but keep you warm in winter. What is good about these scarves is that they are durable in the washing and wrinkle resistant. They are light and don’t take much space, so it might be a great souvenir to take back to your country!
Hand Weaving Demonstrations
Here you can see demonstrations of hand-weaving by skillful artisans. The machine is called a Jacquard and it was introduced to Japan from Lyon, France in 1872. Since then, it has been improved and used widely in Japan. You will be amazed at how they weave.
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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||Advanced reservations are necessary for lessons such as scarf weaving, cocoon crafts, hand weaving and so on. The restaurant is for groups and a reservation is required.|
|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|