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Japan's Kiryu textiles now omnipresent on fashion runways
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Aug '13
With a constant focus on Japan-made luxurious and innovative ensembles on international runways, it is not difficult to gaze the increasing importance of traditional Japanese fabrics and textiles which have largely contributed to the fashion industry of today.
 
One such cloth material that is woven specifically in Japan and is preferred by top-end designers around the world is Kiryu textiles. Manufactured in the city of Kiryu, which is located in Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area, the silk fabric is woven on a loom.
 
Started more than 1,300 years ago, this typical unique fabric weaving technique includes colourful threads with different thickness levels which are skilfully woven into various beautiful patterns. 
 
Currently operating with more than 260 fashion and fabric related companies, the Kiryu textile industry provides materials for traditional kimonos, home furnishings, sportswear as well as modern western clothing.  
 
Due to its originality and beauty, haute couturiers like Issey Miyake, Comme de Garcon along with well-known international names such as Hermes, Christian Dior, Donna Karan and Jill Sander have all used Kiryu textiles in their eclectic fashion line-ups.
 
The popularity and omnipresence of Kiryu-made textiles can also be deemed through its special display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s shop which features Kiryu-made shawls, blankets and pouches. 
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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