In partnership with NHK World Japan, Japan House London hosts a series of documentary screenings exploring the beauty and diversity of Japanese textiles. In Tango Chirimen: The Finest Texture in Silk Crepe guests can discover the origins and evolution of Tango chirimen, a type of crimped silk crêpe that has been produced for over 300 years in the Tango region of Kyoto Prefecture.
The Tango region, located on the northern coast of Kyoto Prefecture, is Japan's largest producer of chirimen, a supple silk textile which accounts for 60% of all kimono fabric. The elegantly crimped texture of chirimen makes it easy to dye; however, with the proliferation of new styles of clothing and the subsequent decrease in demand for kimono, production has dropped to 3% of the industry's heyday. The COVID-19 pandemic was an additional blow. Today, young artisans are searching for new ways to use their experience and knowledge to produce luxury silks. Discover how this 300-year-old textile has evolved and its ties with Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto.
Duration: 28 min
(*Please note there is no 19:05 screening on Thursday 22 July 2021)
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