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Ashikaga Orimono Densho-kan

In a City Known for Textiles, Try Your Hand at Corsage-Making and Snowflake-Dyeing.

Cultural Experience

Ashikaga Orimono Densho-kan is a small museum touching upon the history of Ashikaga through its textile industry. With the Ashikaga Orihime Shrine nearby, this is a spot you’ll want to include on any sightseeing tour of Ashikaga, a city in Tochigi.

Ashikaga is famous for its long history of textile production. A description of its textiles is mentioned in “Tsurezuregusa” (Essays in Idleness), one of the most famous essays in Japan. It was written by Yoshida Kenko, an official, monk, poet and essayist who lived from 1238 to about 1352.
From the Taisho (1912-1926) to the early Showa (1926-1989) periods of Japanese history, it flourished in its production of Meisen, a plain-woven silk fabric, to the point of being named as one of its 5 major production centers of Japan. Even today, Ashikaga Meisen silk’s high quality and vivid coloring looks fresh and attractive.

Located on the 2nd floor of the Ashikaga Orimono Kaikan, the Ashikaga Orimono Densho-kan displays materials related to modern Ashikaga textile production, including Meisen silks, from the Meiji (1868-1912) to the Taisho and Showa periods. Textiles currently manufactured in Ashikaga and small items made from Meisen silks are also sold here.

For memories that can only be made here, hands-on experiences involving cloth are recommended. The lineup of things to try include hand-dyeing a stole or snowflake tie-dyeing, a stenciling class, or making a corsage using old Meisen silks. Such experiences can get crowded, so it is better to make a reservation beforehand.

Highlights

  • Try your hand at Meisen silk corsage-making.
  • There is a stenciling class to experience.
  • You can also try snowflake tie-dyeing.
  • There is a tataki-dyeing experience.
  • Experience hand-dyeing a stole.

Photos

  • Entrance

    Entrance

  • Ashikaga textiles are displayed inside the hall

    Ashikaga textiles are displayed inside the hall

  • Meisen silks tell the tales of the Taisho Era

    Meisen silks tell the tales of the Taisho Era

  • Souvenirs are also sold here

    Souvenirs are also sold here

  • Depending on the pattern, the impression is entirely different

    Depending on the pattern, the impression is entirely different

  • Making a corsage using Meisen silk

    Making a corsage using Meisen silk

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Details

Name in Japanese
足利織物伝承館
Postal Code
326-0814
Address
2 F, Ashikaga Orimono Kaikan, 3-2589 Dori, Ashikaga City, Tochigi
Telephone
0284-22-3004
Admission
Free of charge
Closed
Year-end/New Year (12/29-1/3), O-bon holidays (8/11-15)
Hours
10 am – 6 pm
Access
1) About 20 minutes on foot (about 5 minutes by taxi) from Ashikaga Station on the JR Ryomo Line
2) About 20 minutes on foot (about 5 minutes by taxi) from Ashikagashi Station on the Tobu Isezaki Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)