Listen to the sounds of traditional handloom and feel the particular atmosphere of the atelier producing handwoven gold brocades.
Enjoy the sight of thin silk threads, twinkling with gold and silver, woven into a splendid brocade. Here you can witness how time-consuming, valuable and gorgeous Nishijin brocades are. Two sons of Master craftsman Mikio Hirai have grown up in the atelier as the future successors to their father’s craftsmanship, and you will not only learn about the production of religion-related textiles, but also feel the flow of the new creative energy which is being woven into the beginning of something great.
Our visit to the Atelier of Orishao Hirai was the most memorable experience, and was one of our most favourite visits in Japan.
To have the privilege of visiting a Master Weaver in his studio, and to watch him weave the most intricate pattern with sublime silk and gold thread is incomparable. To know that Orishao Hirai is a 4th generation Weaver , just added to the joy of the Occassion. We were fortunate to have a delightful translator with us, that allowed us to ask a myriad questions, that were gracefully answered.
This is an experience not to be missed
★★★★★B. C. Attended as couple
Our visit to the Master Weaver in Kyoto was an absolute highlight of our trip to Japan.
The booking brocess was seamless and we were very fortunate to have an exceptional staff member to be with us an interperttor. . We feltt so privileged to watch a 4th genereration Madter Weaver
working on his loom with the superb silks and gold threads, and to be able to be ask him many questions that the superb interpreter was able to give us the answers,
.We cannot recommend this experience strongly enough.
Cannot wait to return to experience the opportunity to visit the Ateliers of other Artisans.