How was it made? Japanese hikihaku obi

Nishijin-ori textiles are known for their exquisite detail, and have been made in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, Japan for over 1,200 years.

Follow the painstaking process involved in creating obi (the sash worn with kimono and traditional Japanese clothing), using a specialised technique called hikihaku – weaving with precious metallic thread.

From the making of the thread itself, to weaving on the loom, watch as three different obis are made in the workshops of Kondaya Genbei – one from silver foil, one from mother of pearl, and one from the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli.

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