京友禅 Kyo textiles
Kyo textiles are dyed textiles made throughout Kyoto prefecture that feature a wide range of vivid colors and a technique of pictorial designs of animals, nature and daily items called yuzenmoyo. The dyeing method is very unique as artisans put glue around the outlines of the patterns to prevent the color from running and getting mixed up with the other patterns. Since this traditional handwork is an intensive and expensive labor, another simplified technique has more recently become popular. This splendid Kyo textile is a beautiful production by the elegant and sumptuous culture of Kyoto and it is popular not only in Japan but all over the world.
For more detailed information including a description, history, and the general production process, please see the Kogei Japan: Traditional Crafts of Japan website.