Japanese clutch and Gamaguchi bags from Nishijin Okamoto, Kyoto

Nishijin Okamoto’s Kinran (gold brocade) bag

 

Diamond shape Connect Pattern- Clutch Japanese style Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Blue×Gold colour

 

 

Nishijin-ori is a traditional handicraft product produced in the area of Nishijin, Kyoto Prefecture, which is the representative site for silk fabrics in Japan. Nishijin-ori, which is a high-grade silk fabric, has many types and low volume production. First of all, it inherits the Japanese kimono technique since the Heian period.

 

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The beginning of this fabric is the Tumulus period (250-538), and now 12 kinds of varieties are designated as Nishijin Textile by law. It is distinctive that there are various ways of weaving such as lace fabric and double structure. And since the fabric is woven after dyeing, it is stronger than before dyeing which is a general dyeing method. Furthermore, Nishijin-ori is hard to wrinkle.

 

 

 

 

 

The bags of Nishijin Okamoto

 

 

Kinran Clutch Bag

 

 

Cherry Blossoms Pattern

Sakura Pattern"Cherry Blossoms"- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Navy Blue

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Cherry Blossoms Pattern

Sakura Pattern"Cherry Blossoms"- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Beige

 

 

 

 

Rose Pattern

Rose Pattern- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Nishijin KINRAN Red×Real Gold Yarn

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Connected Diamond Shapes Pattern

Diamond shape Connect Pattern- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Blue×Gold colour

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Three Rhombus Diamond Pattern

Three Rhombus Diamond Shape Connect Pattern- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Green×Real Gold Yarn

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Three Rhombus Diamond Pattern

Three Rhombus Diamond Shape Connect Pattern- Clutch Bag, Nishijin KINRAN Beige×Gold

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Small Kinran Gamaguchi Clutch Bag

 

 

Oblique Stripe Pattern

Oblique Stripe Pattern-A small clutch GAMAGUCHI, Nishijin KINRAN

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Connected Diamond Shapes Pattern

Diamond shape Connect Pattern-A small clutch GAMAGUCHI, Nishijin KINRAN

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Insect A Pattern

Insect A Pattern-A small clutch GAMAGUCHI, Nishijin KINRAN

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Insect B Pattern

Insect B Pattern-A small clutch GAMAGUCHI, Nishijin KINRAN

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Nishijin Okamoto

 

“Nishijin Okamoto” was established in Kyoto over a hundred years ago in the 1880’s. We are now producing two types of fabrics. One is the gold brocade fabric which is called Nishijin Kinran, a traditional Japanese craft which has been hand-woven by craftsmen for over 1,200 years. Our products have been purchased for many years by the Buddhist temple officials, Shinto Shrine and dignitaries.

-From Nishijin Okamoto’s website

 

 

This company was founded in 1890, and since then it has been making gold brocade of Nishijin-ori for five generations. The luxurious golden woven fabric using gold and silver threads has developed as a “silk fabric for lightening the surroundings with the glow of gold in the main temple of a dimly lit temple and expressing paradise”. The history is more than 1200 years. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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