Japanese Textile



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.

The textile art of Japan particularly reached an epitome of excellence by exhibiting a cultural distinction and remarkable artistic skill in the Edo and succeeding Meiji periods (1868 - 1912).

Exclusive Japanese Textile Japanese textiles present an extraordinary and extensive collection of textiles. The rich heritage of Japanese textiles gets reflected through its traditional textiles like the kimono which is the traditional Japanese garment for men, women and children or the haori which is typical formal Japanese overcoat or obi which is a hand woven Japanese belt or sash tied around the waist or the fukusa which is an elaborately decorated and beautiful piece of cloth used for wrapping a gift while presenting it formally.

Exclusive Japanese Textile Art Tsujigahana textiles which belong to the period of fourteenth and early seventh century often reflect the epitome of excellence in Japanese Textile Art

Tsujigahana textiles which were extremely creative and beautiful depicts the diverse changes in the history of Japan and these textiles were mainly utilized for making clothes, banners and such other items. The ornamental lavishness of the later Edo period often gets reflected through the best pieces of tsujigahana.