The kimono, originally from China, has evolved patterns
and techniques over time through fashion.
Its traditions are still being passed down today.
I believe that the kimono culture is filled with various technical skills. It is a folk costume that should not be lost.
SACRA sells an exquisitely curated collection of accessories to complement the finest kimonos and obis. The company is based in Kyoto, and its team of collaborating artisans is constantly creating new design pieces.
Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan.
Since the capital was established in 794, it has been the political and cultural center of Japan for about 800 years.
Even after the capital moved to Tokyo, tourists from Japan and abroad continue to be attracted to this historic and elegant place.
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Each region of Japan has its own locally developed textile techniques. These are the three textiles that appear in this interview.
Nishijin-ori is a luxury silk fabric that has been developed in Kyoto for more than 1,000 years. It is designated as a traditional Japanese craft. Dyed silk threads are woven according to precise designs. With its unique weaving technique, it is also valued as a dignified fabric suitable for decoration of shrines and temples.
- Tango crepe
Tango crepe is a base fabric for Kyo-yuzen and other silk fabrics woven directly from white silk threads. It is supple and soft, but because it is woven with strong twisting, the surface has fine irregularities called "shibo". The diffused reflection of the unevenness produces rich and deep colors in the dyed fabric, and the texture of the silk is demonstrated. It has a history of about 300 years.
Dyed textiles produced in the Kyoto area. It is characterized by gorgeous and rich colors, embroidery, gold and platinum leaf decorations, and designs called yuzen patterns that represent animals and objects in a pictorial manner. It is said that the culture of dyeing originally appeared about 1,000 years ago, when Japan's unique kimono culture began, and Kyo-yuzen was perfected about 300 years ago through the integration of various techniques.