What's Kyo-Yuzen?
What's Kyo-Yuzen?

Kyo-Yuzen, a technique of painting dye directly onto cloth, was invented in the middle of the Edo era, towards the end of the 17th century. It has since become the ultimate art of kimono dyeing, famous for its use of distinctive and vivid colors seen nowhere else in the world.

Yuzen dyeing's technical superiority allowed for very precise and thin lines, hard to achieve even with stitch work, as well as beautiful blurs and color gradients. This, in turn, made possible the dyeing of truly Japanese designs and motifs, often a reflection of the people's admiration for nature and how it changes from season to season.

Fully hand-made Kyo-yuzen is an extremely complex process, with as many as 26 stages until its completion, which lead to simpler methods such as textile printing and pattern painting. The development of the latter means that anyone can make a beautiful work of art through Kyo-Yuzen. Won't you give it a try?
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Marumasu-Nishimuraya is running in the facility called "Kyo-machiya" that is the traditional Kyoto townhouse. If you come here, you can feel traditional-style Japan.
We have a cafe in the Kyo-machiya so please come and have a relaxing time.
Because we are located in the center of Kyoto city, the nearby sightseeing spots and stations is easily accessible.


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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