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'Nishijin-Ori' Kimono Fabrics – Machiya House Features

A particular area of Kyoto is famous for its “nishijin-ori” (woven silk fabric often used to design kimono wear). Only fabric woven in a small area of Kyoto can be designated as “nishijin-ori”, and it’s history dates back to the Heian period (784-1185). It’s name translates to “main camp of the Western Army”.

It was named as such after the Onin War (1467) in Kyoto that lasted for 11 years. After the war ended, silk craftsmen who had scattered throughout the country, gathered again in Kyoto. They resumed the textile industry, and decided to name their woven silk fabrics after the headquarters of the Western Army – hence, “nishi (west) jin (encampent)“.

Our machiya house pictured here features an interior that showcases many antique Nishijin-ori ‘obi’ (kimono sashes) and kimono fabric. Rent ‘Ayaginu’ Machiya House and stay with up to 8 guests!

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