Design elements of two cultures interlace and form one tree with fruits and brilliant colored flowers, “Kaju” in Japanese.
Since ancient times, the Middle Eastern and the East Asian cultures
reverberated, fused, and developed through the Silk Road.
“Kinran,” gold brocade, evolved from this history for more than a thousand years.
KAJI KINRAN, the “Kinran” company based in the Nishijin area of Kyoto,
attempts to once again fuse Islamic art and Japanese tradition
to create an original work of artistry.
“Kinran” uses gold threads or thin strips of gold foil to weave intricate patterns. Techniques introduced from the continent centuries ago have been continuously improved and developed into the current “Kinran” by craftsmen. “Kinran” has been used for the highest rank kimono in Japan and at the most solemn and glorious occasions.
Arabesque is an ornamental design consisting of interlaced flowing lines, originally found in ancient Islamic art. Japan developed its original arabesque style, “Karakusa-monyo,” over time and applied it in many different forms of decoration. Using gold, silver, and brilliant colored yarns in different thickness makes it possible to draw out exquisite curves.
PASSING THE BATON
The process of making “Kinran” is just like passing the baton, from one craftsman to the next. In Kajue, we make sure techniques are passed on from the highly skilled to young craftsmen. Kajue prayer mats are the result of passing on the baton of history and traditional techniques.
KAJI KINRAN Co.,Ltd.
225 Tateyashirominamihancho, 2,
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0099, Japan
tel. +81 75 366 6126
fax. +81 75 366 6127
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