In the heart of the Nishijin textile district, the colorful textile center is worth taking a peek before continuing your stroll around beautiful Kyoto.
Located in a modern building in Imadegawa, they offer tons of displays of completed fabrics and kimonos, as well as weaving demonstrations and kimono fashion shows. There is no admission fee so you can browse around and see everything for free. It's also a great place to buy souvenirs for all of your family and friends.
They offer the kimono show six times a day and you can dress up as a maiko if you want to fork over a small fee. I really enjoyed getting a close look at the kimonos.
I found the staff really excited to share information about the textile industry and kimono fashion with visitors.
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Textiles and a Kimono Fashion Show
Less than one hour after arriving in Kyoto I was off to explore this cultural city. I always assumed that Kyoto was rooted in tradition, and in many ways it is, yet there is so much innovation here too.
The Nishijin Textile Center is located in the Nishijin District, which is best known for it's old architecture and weaving factories. It's also much more quiet than other neighborhoods.
I happened to stop by just as a free kimono fashion show began. It was so interesting to see the different colors and styles used in each kimono and to listen to watch something so traditional in such a modern space. Upstairs you can shop for kimonos and other items. In the back there are some weaving machines where woman are working on their craft.