加賀繍 Kaga embroidery
Kaga-nui is traditional embroidery produced in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, using a variety of threads, colorful silks, sumptuous golds and silvers, or heavy lacquered threads. Kaga-nui is known for its relief designs delicately stitched with a splendid yet restrained beauty. The key techniques include chain and slip stitches, and suga-nui (stitch with threads laid parallel to the weft of the fabric); every single stitch is painstakingly worked by hand. In recent years, the artistic beauty of Kaga-nui embroidery has been drawing increasing attention and in addition to the ever popular luxury kimonos, framed pictures, tapestries, room lamps, and other ornaments incorporating the style have appeared.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.