NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/1/5

京友禅 Kyoyuzen Kyouyuuzen

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Often used as a pronoun for Japanese kimono, the kyouyuuzen is a traditional textile made in Kyoto. Designs picturing flowers, birds, mountains and streams, are rich in color yet noble, elegant and discreet. It is said that the dyeing techniques of the Kyouyuuzen originated inthe 8th century, while the technique for tegakiyuuzen (hand-drawn yuuzen) was perfected during the Edo period by Yuuzennsai Miyazaki, a master artist from Kyoto.  As a highly-popular graphics artist , Yuuzensai Miyazaki gave birth to the name ‘Yuuzenzome (Yuuzen-style dyeing)’ by incorporating his own pictures into the designs and applying them to the field of pattern dyeing. With 14 steps in the production process, production is divided into many parts. Many master craftsmen, who have painstakingly perfected their own techniques over many years, undertake work on the designated sections of the textiles. Therefore each kyouyuuzen is completed as the crown of all the craftsmen’s skills. Kyouyuuzen is widely used in many types of kimono such as the charming and colorful furisode, as well as in black irodomesode, houmonngi, tsukesage and yuuzenkomonn.

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