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Kaga embroidery
Kaga embroidery History

Kaga embroidery came to Kaga region from Kyoto as a decorative technique, along with the spread of Buddhism. Mainly it was found on monk's ceremonial robes. With the establishment of feudal system Kaga embroidery became to be used, for instance, on the clan lord's battle clothes or on clan's first lady's kimonos.


The characteristic feature of Kaga embroidery is that it uses silk, golden and silver threads making a pattern that looks tree-dimensional. It freely uses very delicate techniques, painstakingly being made thread by thread. Nowadays as well as in old days, it is used the same for kimonos, obi belts and clothes decoration, highly cherished for each thing being the only of the kind.

Kanazawa Traditional Arts & Crafts