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Apr. 02, 2020 UPDATE

Kyo-Machiya Shop Mayu

- 京町家ショップ繭 -
Traveler Friendly
Staff can speak English and there are pamphlets explaining the history of yuzen in English.
Information
English, French and simplified and traditional Chinese.
Languages spoken
English and Chinese
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Apr. 02, 2020 UPDATE

Kyo-Machiya Shop Mayu

- 京町家ショップ繭 -
Traveler Friendly
Staff can speak English and there are pamphlets explaining the history of yuzen in English.
Information
English, French and simplified and traditional Chinese.
Languages spoken
English and Chinese
1104 17 --- 0 reviews
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Handmade Everyday Kyoto Bits and Bobs
Just a 10 minutes’ walk southeast of the Nijo-jo Castle, Kyo-machiya Shop Mayu is a zakka store selling a range of individually hand-dyed Kyoto-style accessories that utilize the ancient capital’s traditional dyeing techniques. Mayu first opened its doors in 2000 after parent company and 100-year-old yuzen dyer Marumasa Nishimuraya wanted to give people more access to the largely traditional fabrics. Utilizing years of skill and experience in Kyoto’s traditional dyeing technique, yuzen, Mayu offers a swath of brilliantly colored and incredible looking items. Among the various designs are some that reference the seasons, with patterns of plum and cherry blossoms, and some that feature classically Japanese landscapes–providing the items with even more of a sense of Kyoto. Another draw of these hand-dyed fabrics comes during the cutting process when the sheets are cut, altering the placement of the patterns. This creates a unique situation where while two items might share the same design, they will never be exactly the same. Utilizing these fabrics, Mayu offers a wide range of handmade bags and accessories, for everyday use, including small kisslock coin purses and phone cases. Mayu produces all their items at their Kyoto factory, making them all Kyoto made through and through. So if you’re looking for authentic, locally made Kyoto souvenirs, then check out Mayu.
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Open Hours
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed
1/1, 1/2, 1/3
Price range
Credit cards
VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, etc. / Alipay and similar contactless payment methods
Shipping services
Not available
Feel free to snap pictures inside the store and of its traditional Kyoto townhouse design. However, when taking pictures, tell the staff beforehand.
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