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Kiryu Silk Textiles: Where artisans weave together nature and tradition


When you catch a glimpse of a kimono wearer – whether in the street or a formal setting, you can’t help but gasp a little in awe each time. The silk brocade shimmers in the light, the colors and patterns combine with enigmatic harmony, the movement of the garment mesmerizes. There’s an otherworldly feel to these traditional Japanese ensembles.

Kimono date back to the late 12th century, when the warrior class came to power and the layered silk clothing of the day became more decorative. These garments became more luxurious as the art of kimono flourished during the cultural boom of the day Edo period (1603-1868). Although no longer everyday wear in Japan, they are still worn commonly for ceremonies, festivals, and special occasions.

When it comes to the fabric for the kimono, there are two traditional regions for crafting the silk brocade. There is an old saying in Japan: ‘Nishijin in the west, Kiryu in the East’  Nishijin silk is produced in Kyoto in the west of Japan; in the east, Kiryu silk is made in Gumna prefecture. Both Nishijin and Kiryu silk has been in production for more than a thousand years.


The process of making the fabric is exceptionally complex and time-consuming. The elegant fabric and handiwork that goes into making kimono can make the garments very expensive, so they are often passed down as family heirlooms.


Kiryu silk brocade (known as ‘Kiryu ori’) comprises the fabric of the Fude Beauty x Nakamura Seisakusho Kiryu Bush Case.

The ancient city of Kiryu is surrounded by the scenic Akagi mountains (home to high-quality silkworms) and rivers filled with pristine waters; this lush natural environment, combined with the technical skills of local artisans, has allowed the region to become a premium region for cultivating and producing silk textiles in Japan. The oldest record of Kiyru silk dates back to the chronicles written in the 8th century AD. In 1977, the Japanese Ministry of Industry and Commerce officially listed Kiryu Weaving as a Japanese traditional craft.


(Image source: Maranaka Textiles)

We’re very excited to launch the first Fude Beauty original product, the Fude Beauty x Nakamura Seisakusho Kiryu Brush Case. The limited-edition case is a collaboration with makeup brush artisans Nakamura Seisakusho in Kumano and Marunaka Textile artisans in Kiryu. The fabric is Kiryu gold brocade, inspired by sakura (cherry blossoms) in bloom, a splendid fabric with patterns woven in pink, gold threads, and silver threads.

The case fits 6 brushes, and is available for $90, which stocks last.




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