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    Kiryo-an

    Bringing traditional Kyoto style hand stitching beauty into modern life style

    Kyo-nui is an extremely delicate hand stitching technique, selecting from dozens of different types of stitching depending on the designs.  Kiryo-an is where you can see and enjoy this charming work by Toshiaki and Sumie Nagakusa who are both certified Kyo-nui traditional craft persons with long professional careers.  In the shop, you can purchase beautiful works including bags and pouches that are made by the couple in their workshop.  They say that smaller works like bags and pouches can be more challenging than larger works such as kimono (traditional Japanese garment) from the aspect of the design and stitch since the surface is smaller and thus requires complete attention collected at one point.  You can also place your order with your choice of designs and colors.  The photo is of the Eto-no-Tanzaku (52,500 yen each).  They make this with a different zodiac sign each year with its beautiful and delicate hand stitched design.

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
    Fujin-gaho,January issue,2012

    INFORMATION

    Name Kiryo-an
    Address 5 Hirano Toriimae-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-200-4617 
    Hours 10:30-17:00 (reservation required)
    Closed Sun., 2nd Sat., national holidays
    Resevation
    URL www.nagakusa.jp/kiryouan.html
    Recommended Entry: 1,000 yen (with green tea and sweet).

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