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  • Okamoto Orimono Image
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About Okamoto Orimono

Our Kinran uses pure silk in both warp and weft to create a sense of high-quality, luxurious fabric.
When you view it in person, its quality is plain to see. Kinran looks beautiful in direct sun, but it really shines in half-light, where it gathers the light and makes its beauty clear for everyone to see.

Career

・ Received Order of the Sacred Treasure, Silver Rays
・ Received Traditional Industry Artisan Person of Merit
・ Received Nishijin Weavers’ Exposition Kyoto Mayor’s Award
・ "Received Nishijin Weavers’ Exposition Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Award"
・ "Selected for Kansai Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s “Discover Kansai Project in Paris 2.”
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To interview Representative: Okamoto Orimono Co., Ltd. Ema Okamoto *English subtitles coming up soon

Artifact Information

Artifact NameNishijin Weaving : Textiles
History Kinran is a beautiful and luxurious textile made from twill, satin, or other fabric interwoven with gold thread or gold leaf patterns.
The technique was imported from China in the period between 1573 and 1592, and thrived primarily in Kyoto’s Nishijin region.
Nishijin Kinran is used mainly to make the beautiful wall hangings and table runners found in temples and shrines, stoles worn by monks, and tea ceremony paraphernalia.
Many of the patterns are based on the 8th century treasures of the Todaiji Shosoin, but they have continued incorporating new elements from various eras, such as the treasures from the 16th century trade with Europe.

The Traditional Craftsman Profile

Craftsman Name
Tadao Okamoto
Mitsuo Okamoto
Keiji Okamoto
I am the heir to Nishijin weaving, a traditional Japanese art that has been passed down through my family for over 100 years in the Nishijin region of Kyoto.
I’m passing the concept of “developing new ideas based off of the past” to my own descendants, to create not just traditional things, but to fuse them with inspiration from the world at large and develop Kinran textiles that are modern and chic.
I want Okamoto Orimono to keep weaving Nishijin Kinran so that people can enjoy its beauty in these “yin and yang” spaces where it really shines.

Setsubun (bean-throwing) Festival at Goou Shrine

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You may see Nishijin Kinran textiles at shrines, temples, or anywhere in Kyoto.

Manufacturing Method

①Planning *One of the most important parts of the process, incorporating new designs into the traditional patterns and drawing them up.

②Pattern design diagram *The plan is painted larger and in many colors on paper.

③Pattern engraving *Using a piano-style pattern engraver with the pattern design diagram as a base, holes are punched in a 33 cm x 4.5 cm strip of pattern paper to indicate the entry of the weft and warp.

④Weaving *Kinran is a complicated textile, so it must be woven completely on a hand loom. (At this stage, foil thread is incorporated strand by strand with a bamboo paddle.)

⑤Finishing touches *The completed textile is steamed to give it its trademark appearance

Note Handling

1. Gold leaf and gold thread are vulnerable to sulfur, so be careful not to let rubber bands and similar items come in contact with it. (*Prolonged contact may result in discoloration)

2. Sunlight can discolor gold leaf and gold thread (*Standard use should do no harm, but we recommend storage in a dark place)

3. To get the most beautiful illumination from the gold foil and gold thread, we use fine thread to hold it in place. (*These are vulnerable to friction, so caution is advised.)

4. Colors may run if they come in contact with water. (*If fabric gets wet, be careful of colors running onto clothing)

Weaving methods

The video above shows a master craftsman utilizing the traditional loom and weaving methods to create the coveted Nishijin Kinran textile.

The sheer amount of time and physical strength required to complete an entire textile makes each piece of fabric very valuable, and therefore extremely expensive. Please note that the textiles being sold on the Select Japan website are not the same handmade ones that are shown in the video.

Location & Address

■ 岡本織物: Okamoto Orimono

Home page Signboard
Postal code
602-0943
Address
576 Koudo-cho Kamigyo-ku Kyoto
Homepage
http://okamotoorimono.com/
Observation
Negotiable *Required for a call at +81 3 6661 6884
Business hours
10:00 - 17:00
Holidays
Sundays