About Kyoto Craftsmanship
"Kyoto Craftmanship by Katota" is Katota Textile Company's new brand.
We are blowing a fresh breeze into the world of fabrics and interior goods
by delivering you the fruits of the traditional Japanese art of gold brocade making,
refined according to modern tastes.
Gold brocade is a fabric traditionally used for the ceremonial robes and other accoutrements of Shinto priests and Buddhist monks. Here at Kyoto Craftsmanship we fashion it into various interior goods, such as hanging scrolls, tapestries, sofa and seating cushions, that are suitable for private homes, hotels and traditional ryokans alike. Our products are a rare combination of coziness and dignity, and enable a new way of decorating spaces.
A distinguishing feature of Nishijin brocade is the use of unique patterns and colors that have evolved in the course of the craft's passing from father to son. Some of the patterns depict ancient treasures that were transmitted to Japan via the Silk Road, and stored in the treasure house of the great Todai-ji temple. Others are pictures of bags and wrappers that belonged to feudal lords and tea masters. In addition, each religion has its unique patterns appropriate for each sect and rank, which means that the patterns on a stretch of brocade are far from easy to imitate. The technique for weaving the patterns with dyed thread is also unique, and several work phases are required before a ready fabric can emerge from the loom.