In the heart of Kyoto's textile district, visit a local manufacturer who specializes in making Nishijinn-ori.
After enjoying a tour of the Nishijin-ori process, you can experience an exclusive Japanese calligraphy workshop where our experienced Shodo teacher will help you to make your own work of calligraphy.
What is Nishijinn-ori
With origins that trace back to the 5th or 6th century when silkworm raising and silk weaving, this type of silk weaving began in earnest in the 15th century. Nishijin-ori is extremely varied in nature, utilizing hand-weaving, brocading, damask, omeshi, kauri, and ro weaves, velvet and more, and it is renowned for its exquisite use of threads of many colors. It is used in interior decoration, Shinto priests' clothing. Noh theatre costumes, bolts of cloth for kimono and especially for the obi sash used with kimono.
What is Japanese Calligraphy
These days, most Japanese use pencils or ballpoint pens to write letters and other documents. But the art of shodo (calligraphy), where an ink-dipped brush is used artistically to create Chinese kanji and Japanese kana characters, remains a traditional part of Japan’s culture.
Works of calligraphy are admired for the accurate composition of their characters, of course, but also for the way the brush is handled in their creation, the shading of the ink, and the balanced placement of the characters on the paper.