Handmade Kyoto-style accessories for the everyday
Head southeast from Nijo Castle for about ten minutes and reach Kyo-machiya shop MAYU. Kyo-yuzen is a form of textile dyeing originating in Kyoto, and this shop sells small accessories made in Kyoto using this technique. The "gamaguchi" is an unique Japanese style of frogmouth coin purse, and these feature signature images of Kyoto. There are also smartphone cases and other neat handmade items that you can use in your everyday life. While Kyo-yuzen was originally developed as a motif for kimono, it is recently enjoying new life on handkerchiefs, T-shirts, and other items. Kyo-machiya shop MAYU opened its doors in the year 2000. The shop was launched by Marumasu Nishimuraya, a company with over 100 years of history in Kyo-yuzen dyeing. They wanted more people to discover the beauty of this technique in an accessible fashion. Each item varies slightly in terms of motif and coloring, so you'll be buying a one-of-a-kind article. They feature patterns of seasonal flowers and other motifs unique to Japan. All steps in the creation of these goods take place at a dedicated studio in Kyoto, so these are genuine Kyoto items. Why not pick one up as a little accent to your outfit?