唐織 Kara-ori

Since the long-ago Heian period, Nishijin has, under the protection of the ruling class, been at the center of the culture of dyeing and weaving that spares no investment of time, effort, or money. Among the many varieties of Nishijin-ori wovens, Kara-ori is known as the most sumptuous and most intricately worked. Weaving the designs involves using shuttles carrying colorful weft thread, including thread of silver and gold. Against a ground of more muted color, patterns emerge that seem as though they must have been executed in embroidery. Kara-ori is a gorgeous fabric that is also used for Noh costumes.

唐織は、平安時代より京都の西陣で発展した織物です。綾織地に金糸・銀糸などで色鮮やかな草花や紋様などの柄を織り、刺繍のような立体感があるのが特徴です。