Nagoya textiles

Nagoya textiles Nagoya yuzen

Beauty of quiet colors and austere elegance
A long tradition of exquisite patterns


What is Nagoya textiles ?

Nagoya Yuzen is a type of dyed and painted cloth made by a range of unique traditional techniques in the Nagoya City area.
Nagoya Yuzen is characterized by its designs such as monotone, color gradations, classical motifs, as well as for its quiet unfussy palette of limited colors. Nagoya Yuzen is the quiet elegant sister of the gorgeous Kyo Yuzen or the graceful Kaga Yuzen and as such attracts people with a taste for more muted and slightly austere designs.
There are three methods each with their own array of traditional skills and effects: Nagoya Tegaki Yuzen involves drawing designs by hand onto the fabric; Nagoya Kata Yuzen uses paper patterns made in Ise; and Kuromontsuki-zome, the dying of family crests in black and usually on clothes for formal or ceremonial occasions. Today, some Nagoya Yuzen has tastefully combined not only the traditional austere elegance but also more contemporary tastes to give a fresh impression in keeping with modern times.


The tradition of Nagoya Yuzen dates back to around 1730 to 1739. At that time, in the Owari region we find a thriving and spectacular culture, which attracted craftsmen from all over Japan and among them were dyers from Kyoto or Edo, who are thought to be the original introducers of the Yuzen dyeing techniques to the region. Unfortunately with the downfall of the domain’s lord, Muneharu TOKUGAWA, an age of opulence was followed by one of simplicity and frugality, leading to the unique austere elegance of the current Nagoya Yuzen.
Today, Nagoya Yuzen enjoys great popularity, but the term Nagoya Yuzen was only coined in 1983, the style having been formerly included under the Kyo Yuzen umbrella. In 1983, the Nagoya Yuzen Kuromontsuki Federation of Cooperatives was established by 3 organizations; the Aichi Prefecture Dyeing Cooperatives of Kuromontsuki-zome dyers, the Aichi Prefecture Custom-made Dyeing Cooperatives for Komon and Kata Yuzen dyers, and the Nagoya Yuzen Industrial Cooperatives of Tegaki Yuzen dyers. Accordingly, in April of the same year, Nagoya Yuzen was designated as one of the National Traditional Crafts.

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