Techniques for making traditional tatami mats
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Kyoto is home to architecture, fashion, decorative crafts, tool-making, and other traditional industries that have an extensive production history using the cutting-edge technologies of the day.
At the Material Library, we have developed an archive of the materials and techniques used in these traditional industries. Through this, we hope to develop a bridge between these traditional industries as a form of modern-day manufacturing within new fields.
We have a collection of materials produced from a broad range of techniques employed by these traditional industries. These include, shrine and temple construction, Buddhist altars, Nishijin textiles, and ‘yuzen’ dyeing.
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