NISHIJIN Silk Series
NISHIJIN Silk

It is said that the origins of Nishijin silk date back as far as the 5th century. The Hata family arrived from ancient China to Kyoto, introducing the practice of sericulture (the rearing of silkworms for silk production). This was a success and was taken on by the local craftsmen. When civil war broke out in 1467, fierce battles raged in Kyoto and forced many craftsman to evacuate the city for 10 years. On their return, they re-settled where the Western (Nishi) army had based their headquarters(Jin). Since then, Kyoto silk from this area were called Nishijin.

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It is said that the origins of Nishijin silk date back as far as the 5th century. The Hata family arrived from ancient China to Kyoto, introducing the practice of sericulture (the rearing of silkworms for silk production). This was a success and was taken on by the local craftsmen. When civil war broke out in 1467, fierce battles raged in Kyoto and forced many craftsman to evacuate the city for 10 years. On their return, they re-settled where the Western (Nishi) army had based their headquarters (Jin). Since then, Kyoto silk from this area were called Nishijin.

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