A priceless art celebrated throughout Japan, Nishiki silk is created through the combined skills of numerous craftsmen, involving a broad range of intricate technical processes that require time and patience.The Koho Nishiki Textile Studio serves as the atelier where Koho Tatsumura, a Nishiki master, instructs other artisans, as well as a center for Nishiki-related education and research.
Amane Tatsumura, Koho’s successor and a silk weaving artist in his own right, gives tours of the studio. Get started by learning about the history and the surprising techniques used to create Nishiki.
Then, after viewing invaluable examples of Nishiki brocade, you’ll be shown into a tatami room where you’re sure to be overwhelmed by particularly beautiful pieces. The pieces here are all rare, handwoven Nishiki Uchikake heirlooms belonging to Koho Tatsumura, a third-generation master.
Uchikake are formal robes worn over kimono by rich and
powerful women during the middle ages. Considered one of the most luxurious
kinds of Japanese clothing, to this day they are highly valued as wedding
attire. Although just seeing such exquisite Uchikake is a rarity, visitors are
also encouraged to try on the beautiful robes in front of a mirror. These robes
are truly a prime example of Japanese artistry, coveted by many Japanese