8 Souvenirs You Must Buy At Kyoto
Shopping Guide: Top 10 Best Souvenirs Of Kyoto
1. Kiyomizu Ware (Kiyomizu-yaki)
As a typical ware of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-yaki already has over 1,200 years history. Kiyomizu-yaki are made with special process and high grade techniques. They are glorified by the people all over the world but produced only in small quantities. You can hardly buy it outside Kyoto!
2. Nishijin Fabric
Nishijin is the area of Kyoto that produces the best kimono fabrics in Japan. Nishijin textiles is famous for its high grade fabrics throughout world. You can even study weave in traditional methods at Nishijin Textile Center. (You can visit: Kyoto Nishijin Textile Center Travel Guide to know more)
3. Tango Crepe
Since the years of the Edo era, Tango area (the northern part of Kyoto) has become famous for the Tango Crepe. A man called Kinu-ya Saheiji who knew the secret methods of Kyoto Nishijin, improved the method and used it on Tango Crepe, which are the most popular material of the beautiful Hurisode and Komon Kimonos.
4. Hand-painted Yuzen
Hand-painted Yuzen originated in the 8th century. It developed as a method of decorating kimono fabrics with seasonal and traditional patterns. All work is done by hand. Yuzen decorates is very complex, and used on kimono silks,handkerchiefs, blouses and shirts, and all manner of accessories.
5. Kurodani Japanese Paper
Japanese paper has been produced in Kurodani district for a long time. The traditional Tesuki Japanese paper technique is still preserved in Kurodani, So Kyoto is one of the few place which remaining genuine Tesuki Japanese paper produces. Paper craft objects are also manufactured here.
6. Kyoto folding fans (Kyo Sensu)
The flat fan already in use in Japan in the 7th century, the portable fold-away sensu is a homegrown traditional handcrafted item and rapidly grew in Kyoto. Today, artisans apply their creativity to devise new designs. They make the folding fan a practical device with beauty of both form and function.
Traditional umbrellas are made from waxed paper. They are an essential accessory for geisha on a rainy day and larger versions offer cooling shade under which to take part in the tea ceremony.
8. Kyoto Dolls
Only Kyoto dolls are dressed in the finery of Nishijin kimono silk. That make Kyoto dolls is famous nationwide.
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