Study on Yūsoku Orimono

Research and development of designs and techniques inherited in the dyeing and weaving of the Imperial Palace

The research project looks at the Imperial Court culture, the origin of Nishijin textiles, with Tokichika Yamashina as a cultural advisor, the next (30th) head of the Yamashina School of emondō, responsible for the making and dressing of court costumes for generations. The goal is to unearth garments and fabrics that exemplify the culture of Imperial Palace, passed down for approximately 1,000 years, and bring them to life in the present and future by analyzing their designs and dyeing techniques. Among the project’s activities to date is a research and reproduction of the fabrics of Shin Seiwa-in, the late Edo period consort of Emperor Kōkaku