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The Orinasukan is a fabric museum in Kyoto that exhibits various kinds of beautiful Japanese textiles and fabrics like Kimono and Obi (traditional sashes). Among the 600 artifacts and fabrics on display at the museum, the exhibit on the Obi are considered on of the best points to the museum. The museum also has traditional Noh theater costumes and other textile displays for craft enthusiasts and fashionistas to enjoy. Originally built as a home in 1936 as a residence for a craftsman using traditional Japanese architecture, the house was converted into a museum in 1989. The renovations included adding windows to all the rooms so sunlight could reach, while still preserving many of the
home qualities for a cozy feel.
The Museum offers various workshops you can join to learn about the various traditional Japanese arts (advanced reservations required). There are exhibits on the area's history as well, given Nishijin is still home to many top-tier craftspeople. You may even see one of these masters working on a new project while you're exploring the area. Unlike the Nishijin Textile Center close-by, Orinasukan has a more relaxing atmosphere in the traditional Japanese home. The museum serves tea and cake inside so relax while you're here and watch a traditional craftsmen at work!
See the beautiful fabrics and kimonos for yourself during our incredible Quilt Festival Japan Tour from Tokyo to Kyoto!