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There are several people working there, the elderly couple was fine, however the other man was very rude. We were going to buy a few things but because of his bad manners we only bought one thing.
Don't buy there. It's overpriced compared to Tokyo....More
What a lovely family and story. It's a nostalgic journey that takes you back some generations. The books of fabric designs that date back to the 1920's is a rare treat. sometimes I was a bit lost due to my new "japanese ear"..., but please...More
Impressed with the history of the business, hidden in a gem of an old house in the textile district, I was smitten by the richest, deepest blue color i have ever seen. I bought a jacket to wear for many years back home, and by...More
Beautiful natural indigo dyed fabrics and clothing. After my family purchased, the shop owner demonstrated how he dyes the clothes. The store is in a traditional Japanese home structure. The authentic natural indigo dye that lasts for a very long time is why you would...More
I walked into Aizen Kobo 17 years ago to find out the owner had lived in Colombia, so random. I was mind-blown at the quality, refinement and beauty of the garments and bedding. Spectacular, and always remember how sweet and hospitable everyone was.
I was eager to find new, naturally-dyed clothing on my trip to Japan. Several travel websites recommended Aizenkobo for indigo. We spent one morning at the atelier. The owners are delightful. Aizenkobo is located in a traditional house in Nishinjin, an area of Kyoto famous...More
Other friends had described the fabulous dyes used by Hisako Utsuki. His work is on display in several museums. The indigo dyes are fantastic and you can see both his work (also for sale$$) and the dying process at this tiny studio/store. It is worth...More
We found this charming shop through Durston's Old Kyoto (a great book, BTW)- it is truly a gem. It is tucked away in a historic house in the textile district of Kyoto, an easy bus ride from downtown. It's run by Mr. Ken-ichi Utsuki and...More
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A district with a long textile heritage, ancient Kyoto is still alive in the Nishijin District. Studded with its weaving factories, tea houses, and onsen, the neighborhood is charming and peaceful with a self-possessed air. Less traveled than other parts of the city, it is a district where you can take it at your own pace. Visitors can explore the many weaving and cloth houses, the free kimono shows, and the many
shops selling traditional clothing and goods. Showcasing architecture with sloping roofs and wooden reliefs dating to decades past, the streets in the Nishijin District transport you back in time, making them a joy to wander.