Nishijin Textile Center, Kyoto

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    Visit the Nishijin Textile Center

    by trvlrtom Written Apr 15, 2008

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    The Nishijin Textile Center is a good place to stop for three things:
    1 - to learn about the textile industry in Kyoto, with displays that show the history of this district over the centuries. You can also sign up to try handweaving on one of their looms (fee involved)
    2 - to watch the free kimono show. There are six or seven shows a day, during which about 7 beautiful kimonos are modeled.
    3 - to shop for textiles, kimonos and various souvenirs on the second floor. There is a good variety of high quality men's ties, womens purses and bags too.

    You will see interesting fabrics in all the tourist shops in Kyoto, and see women wearing kimonos around town. This center provides depth and understanding to this tradition.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits
    • Family Travel

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    by TexasDave Written Jun 25, 2005

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    Nishijin Textile Center is a worthwhile stop to see everything related to kimonos.
    There is a museum displaying many exquisite designs.
    Find out about how the original designs are transferred to a pattern and then watch as a weaver works a loom.
    There are periodic kimono fashion shows and , for a price, they'll even dress you up in one!
    Many textile items are for sale (on the expensive side, though).

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