Infuse the essence of Kyoto with your daily life.
Kyoto. The eternal city. Brimming with artisanship, nurtured by a rich history.
When Kyoto was at the height of its prosperity as a capital city, arts flourished and "industries" migrated from all over Japan, as artisans created increasingly sophisticated items for the Imperial Household. These techniques have been passed down through the generations, and we enjoy their heritage today.
This event is an opportunity for people outside of Japan to discover the craft and history of Kyoto, for craftsmen to expand their reach abroad, and for curious buyers to enrich their daily lives with carefully curated items.
For this aim, please consider the items presented during this event as "lifestyle proposals" for the modern day, rather than "historical craft".
A little-known word outside of Kyoto, the Japanese term hannari embodies soft, refined elegance. Much like its unique namesake, Alpha Blanca's Hannari series draws on the long, esteemed history of Kyo earthenware to create beautiful, contemporary pieces for your home.
While lifestyles have changed, Hineno Katsujiro Shoten's products give quality hand-dyed fabric a place in the modern world. They have been in the business for three generations and create vibrant patterns using complex Kyo-yuzen dyeing techniques. Kinumask are reusable and washable silk fabric face masks made by Kyoto artisans.
NISHIKAWA TEIZABURO SHOTEN
Established in 1917, T. Nishikawa & Co. Inc are celebrated for helping to introduce Kyo ware to the rest of the world. From matcha bowls to tableware, for the past 100 years they have been at the forefront of crafting traditional and exquisite Kiyomizu.
While Torii, pioneers in the art of kireji ( woven textiles), was founden in the Meji era, today they use stunning hyôsôgire fabric traditionally used for mounting scrolls to craft modern pieces such as bottle bags. Exclusive to Sway Gallery, each bag is created using different donsu-style colours and patterns.
Tsuchida Ningyo craft charming pottery using moulds and kilns that are traditionally used to make Kyoto's famous dolls. Most well-known for their sweet cats, each figurine is hand-painted in a variety of colourful and whimsical patterns.