The origin of the textile in “Nishijin area, Kyoto” began in 400’s and has prospered as a high-class fabric through the ages. It’s said that the techniques of sericulture and silk fabrics transferred from the ancient China have been improved by outstanding craftsmen, and that led to the the foundation of the present Kinran. Also, among these fabrics, the finest fabric material “Nishijin Kinran” that woven with gold threads and gilt leaves has long been loved by the Emperor and the Generals. Among the contemporary Kinran fabrics, we also include the fabrics called “non-golden fabric materials” which are woven without golden threads. And from Japanese Wabi-Sabi fabrics to gorgeous fabrics, they all are expressing our inherited color variations and patterns which have lasted long so far.
For over a thousand years since the capital was placed in Kyoto, this weaving techniques encountered a crisis of technical discontinuity many times. However, in spite of the unacceptable circumstances, Kinran fabrics were inherited steadily, assimilating the weaving techniques from all over Japan or from the continent. Many craftsmen from all over the country gathered in Kyoto and fulfilled their reconstruction after all. They produced outstanding artifacts with the cutting-edge weaving techniques for the Emperors, the Generals, the Aristocrats, the temples and the shrines throughout the country.