Kyō-nui is an ancient Japanese embroidery craft. The embroidery culture that arrived from the continent during the Asuka period (592-710) was refined to suit the aesthetic of the capital and developed into Kyō-nui. Layers of ultrafine thread form complex painting-like patterns that are accentuated by the elegant shimmer of gold, silver, and colored thread. Adjusting the twist of the thread makes possible a range of expression from a gorgeous gloss to a muted sheen. This technique is used for the nuihaku Noh costume.