One year blog anniversary recap: 10 atelier visits that inspired us in 2022
We’re steadily approaching the end of 2022, and that means that our blog will be 1 year old in two weeks! To celebrate, we’re looking back at the 10 amazing atelier visits we’ve done during this time. Feel free to check out the posts you might have missed and plan your own experiences for the next time you’re in Kyoto. Enjoy!
1) Maruni, Kyo-karakami maker
The visit to this woodblock-printed paper maker inspired us to dive deeper into the history of Kyo-karakami and to try out the available woodblock printing experience. A great place to visit if you’re interested in traditional Japanese interiors, patterns and paper.
Book your visit + experience here: Kyo-karakami Maruni
2) Takekobo Kisetsu, bamboo bags atelier
If you think that traditional bamboo basketry weaving is boring and lives in the past, you’re in for a surprise. A studio visit to Takekobo Kisetsu showed us how Kyoto bamboo weaving techniques are now used to produce practical and stylish bamboo bags. We also had a woven coaster lesson which is included in the visit.
Book your visit + experience here: Bamboo Craft Workshop KISETSU
3) KOHO, Nishiki Textile Studio
Our visit to KOHO Nishiki was eye-opening about the complexity of Nishiki textile production. Besides being a textile studio, it’s also an ancient textile research and restoration centre, so don’t miss this place if you’re a Japanese textile fan. You can also try your hand at handloom weaving as we did.
Book your visit + experience here: KOHO Nishiki Textile Studio
4) Yoshimura Rakunyu, Raku ware master
Visiting the pottery studio of Yoshimura Rakunyu is the only way to enter the world of Kyoto Raku ware and even make your own piece, a tea bowl.
Book your visit + experience here: RAKUNYU-GAMA
5) Sairin, Kyo-yuzen kimono maker
If you’re curious about the state of modern kimono-making industry, a visit to this kimono-making company specializing in Kyo-yuzen dyeing is for you.
Book your visit + experience here: Sairin
6) Orisho Hirai, gold brocade weaver
Discover how the ceremonial Buddhist priest robes are woven and collaborate with a 5th-generation master craftsman to create your own textiles with unique patterns at this incredible Nishijin weaving atelier.
Book your visit here: ORISHO HIRAI
7) Morimoto, Kyo-kanoko-shibori atelier
Book your visit + experience here: Tie-dyeing Atelier MORIMOTO
8) Watabun, Nishijin weaving company + museum
Book your visit + experience here: Watabun (Orinasu-kan)
9) Asada Kawara, handmade roof tile manufacturer
Book your visit + experience here: Asada Kawara Factory
10) Shunzan-gama, Kiyomizu ware studio
Book your visit + experience here: SHUNZAN-GAMA
Words & images by Anastasiya Bulkavets (ArigatoCreative.co)