We have reference rooms, dioramas, and videos available for all visitors including children to learn about Nishijin textile and our silkworms.
Diorama Exhibition (1F)
Ever wonder about the life a silkworm? We will tell and show you the process from worm to cocoon as well as how the silk is extracted with vidoes as well as dioramas. This program is designed to be enjoyable for all ages.
Silkworm Breeding Farm (1F)
Here you willl be able to observe how silkworms eat and how they produce threads. The demonstration of ‘’Zakuri’’ will most definitely be an interesting experience.
Pure Japanese Silk & Textile Production Workshop (1F)
Recently, silk that has been purely produced in Japan have become a rare commodity to come by. Our staff produce silk threads one by one making effort to pass on the cultural tradition and knowledge to future generations. All our products are inspected and marked with a sticker ‘’100% Japanese Silk’’ ensuring of its high quality. 100% Japanese silk will never shrink or wrinkle. It feels cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You can even experience making your own silk scarf if you wish to. We have deep affilations with the World Heritage Site “The Tomioka Silk Mill” as well as the Silk Industry Heritage Group in Gunma Prefecture.In fact, we considered a sister entity to the Gunma Prefectural Japanese Silk Village. We often exchange information and promote our works as well as distribute each others original works.
An Introduction to the Production Process (1F)
- Planning of fabric patterns
- Preperation of original materials
- Loom machine preperation
- The weaving process
- Final touches
These 5 processes account for more than 20 different tasks. The pictures on display will explain in further detail.
The History Room (3F)
Here you can find exhibitions of historical artifacts such as clothing as well as fabrics that reveal the history of Nishijin textile. We also have historical cultural properties such as the wooden Jacquard machine along with the necessary documents required for purchasing a loom during the Meiji period.