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Watabun
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Holiday Mondays
Business time 10:00~16:00
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● Feel the history of Nishijin brocades in an old Kyoto machiya
Established in 1906, Watabun is a long-standing shop specializing in Nishijin silk brocades. From yarn dyeing and warping to weaving gorgeous obi sashes by hand and Noh costume restoration, the establishment protects the original Nishijin-ori techniques by maintaining the traditional system of division of labour. Watabun is situated in Daikoku-cho district, the heart of Nishijin textile industry with numerous weaving companies standing side by side. Orinasukan, a textile museum adjoining the workshop, has an architectural style characteristic of Nishijin weavers’ houses. Watabun and its neighbourhood with traditional Kyoto merchant houses and stone paving is a perfect place to feel the history of old Kyoto.

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Price ¥700~¥200,000
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[030-01]Atelier visit (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to a long-established Nishijin brocade shop with a more than 100-year history.

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Reservation deadline: 2days before
Number of participants: 3~15 people
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Price:
1,000yen
Time Required:
0.75 hour
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[030-02]Handloom weaving experience (with a souvenir included) 詳細表示

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Enjoy your visit to a long-established Nishijin brocade shop with a more than 100-year history.

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Reservation deadline: 1week before
Number of participants: 3~5 people
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Price:
10,000yen
Time Required:
2 hours
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Craftsman profile

Haruo Murai

Haruo Murai

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1949 Born in Kyoto.
1968 Studied weaving under Bunshichi Watanabe
1983 Started restoration work of old Noh costumes
1986 Undertook the restoration of Noh costumes belonging to the Kanebo Museum of Textiles
1993 Became a certified traditional craftsman specializing in Nishijin weaving

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