It is said that Kiryu Ori go back some 1,200 years, to when Princess Shirataki, who served at the Imperial Court, went to live in Kiryu after she married into the Yamada family and taught the art of sericulture and weaving to the people of the village.
Kiryu textiles became well known throughout the land, after Nitta Yoshisada raised an army at the end of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and Tokugawa Ieyasu used a white silk flag from Kiryu at the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Then in the first half of the 19th century with patronage from the Shogunate, it became possible to produce such high quality textiles as kinrandonsu and itonishiki, and the skills and techniques associated with these cloths have been handed down to today's weavers.
Many different kinds of cloth are woven under the Kiryu banner now, most of them being yarn-dyed jacquards produced in small quantities but of special value. They are without exception woven into wonderful designs and patterns, mostly for kimono and obi.
Kiryu textiles are yarn dyed jacquard textiles that come in many varieties, are produced in small quantities, and have high added value. They are all made using stylish designs and patterns.
How to make
The main materials are raw silk, and silk thread. In preparation, the textile is designed, a jacquard board is prepared, and the loom is set up. Then, the thread is twisted, dyed, and wound onto reels, then the weft threads are wound onto shuttles, the warp is set up, and the fabric is woven. Omeshi silk is made with threads first twisted with a filature machine, and after it is woven, it is washed to contract the fabric.