Textiles offer a fascinating and revealing reflection of any society and this is particularly applicable in case of Japanese textiles. Starting with the modern age when Japan augmented its urbanization; textiles have served the purpose of acting as an emblem of social status and position. The style, color motif and shape of the garment effectively depict the tradition and culture of Japan and at the same time also provides personalized information about an individual.
History of Japanese Textile In 1869 the capital of Japan was shifted from Kyoto to Tokyo and from this time onwards the Nishijin weaving tradition seemed threatened with extinction. Though it had a negative impact on the weaving industry and consequently on the entire economy of Kyoto but the Nishijin weavers exhibited a remarkable spirit and flexibility in preserving their own craft and soon enough highly developed weaving technology and equipment was introduced.
The industry again started to grow along with Japan's new capitalist economy by 1890 when the Nishijin weavers embraced and applied modern technology to their own ancient and original textile art.
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