In Japan, about 80% of chopsticks are manufactured in Obama city in the Fukui prefecture. About 45 miles east lies Kyoto prefecture, one of Japan's most traditional cities and the home of many traditional crafts.
Among these, Nishijin ori is widely regarded as one of the nation's
foremost achievements in any craft.
history of Nishijin ori - silk cloth produced in the Nishijin district
of Kyoto - goes back to the sixth century, when silk farming and silk
weaving were introduced in the western part of Kyoto by the Hata family, who may have originated from China. The Heian period saw the formation of an official weaver's guild, but civil strife during the eleven years of the Onin Wars (1467-77) laid Kyoto to waste. Some weavers fled to the port town of Sakai, where they studied Ming weaving techniques.
When calm was restored to Kyoto, the weavers returned. Some settled in the
eastern part of Kyoto known as Tojin, and began weaving habutae, a
lightweight plain-weave cloth, and nerinuki, a cloth using raw silk and
glossed-silk thread. Other weavers who settled in western Kyoto, an
sector called Nishijin, focused on twilled cloths, the foundation of
today's Nishijin ori. In the nineteenth century a delegation of Nishijin
weavers traveled to Europe to learn European methods of weaving
Jacquard and integrated Jacquard techniques into their weaving back in
fabric production in Nishijin has spurred many varieties and forms,
including the tightly woven tsuzure, the brocade nishiki, yarn-dyed
tatenishiki, nikinishiki, donsu, shuchin, shoha and futsu.
cloths produced in Nishijin have earned international renown, reflecting
an endless wealth of designs and techniques. Obi and kimono fabrics are
still being made as they were in the past. The variety is as great as
the artistry and technique are brilliant.
the close proximity of Kyoto to Obama, the natural combination of
Nishijin fabrics applied to fine chopsticks evolved.
Each pair of chopsticks features a style and pattern of Nishijin ori
fabric wrapped perfectly to black wooden chopsticks. The fabric is
sealed for protection from food and water stains that makes for a very
durable yet artistic pair of chopsticks. Each pair is a true work of art
and presents a truly unique presentation at the dinner table. See our
complete selection of Nishijin ori chopsticks at
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