京繍 Kyō-nui

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.

京繍の起源は平安遷都にさかのぼり、貴族の繍衣繍仏や武具などに活用され発達しました。絹や麻の織物に絹糸、金糸、銀糸などを用いて刺繍がされており、華麗な色合いと絹糸の光沢が特徴です。