京友禅 Kyō-yūzen

Kyō-yūzen represents the pinnacle of kimono dyeing, perfect for kimono worn for life’s special occasions, whether long-sleeved furisode, formal tomesode, or semi-formal hōmongi. Established in Kyoto during the middle Edo period, the technique underwent numerous subsequent innovations as it reached the most elegant and graceful of aesthetic heights. Under the direction of a master dyer, the traditional division of labor amongst those who handle steps such as designing the pattern, tracing the pattern, applying paste resist to contour lines, covering the pattern with paste resist, or applying color with palette and brush is still maintained today. This specialisation has elevated the skill at each step to its utmost, and makes possible the finest quality results.

京友禅は江戸時代から京都で作られている染物です。日本の三大友禅の中で最も歴史が深く、着物の最高潮とも言われ、振袖・留袖や訪問着で特別な場面で切られることが多いのが特徴です。