What is Kyo-Yuzen?
Whatis Kyo-Yuzen?

Kyo-Yuzen is a dyeing-technique that originated in the middle of the Edo period, towards the end of the 17th century. The dye is directly applied to the fabric and the designs often depict nature and animals of the different seasons with vivid and vibrant colors.

What makes the Kyo-Yuzen technique special, is a process called itome-nori. In this process, the artist puts starch on the edges of patterns, so that the dyes around it don't mix. Because of this, it was possible to make precise and thin lines, which are hard to achieve even with stitch work, and create beautiful designs that would differ according to the seasons.

Fully hand-made Kyo-Yuzen products are incredibly complex to make, with as many as 26 stages until it is finished. Throughout the years, people have made simpler methods like textile printing and pattern painting, so that more people can experience and create their own Kyo-Yuzen product.
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Marumasu Nishimuraya is located in a Machiya, an old traditional Kyoto townhouse. When visiting us, you can sense the history and tradition this place holds.
A café is located in the Machiya as well, so come and enjoy a meal or drink, surrounded by tradition.
Our central location in Kyoto makes it easy accessible to come to, but also to visit other nearby sight-seeing spots.


457 Tsuboya-cho, Ogawa-dori, Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 604-8276
TEL :  +81 75 211 3273

Access From JR Kyoto Station

By Subway

Board a subway bound for Kokusai-Kaikan.
Get off at Karasuma Oike station, then walk to the west (takes about 7 min. walking)

By Bus

City Bus Terminal, departure bays B1 and B2, bus lines #9, #50 and #52; Get off at Horikawa-Oike Sta., then walk to the east (takes about 5 min. walking).

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