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Donsu (緞子)

A kind of textile. Under the name kinran-donsu, it is a byword for high-grade textiles. Donsu has woven patterns with different weaves on a base of glossy satin. A variety of colour threads are sometimes used to create beautiful and complex patterns. Donsu was imported from China in medieval times and valued highly; later, in the Tenshō era (1573-1592), it came to be produced in the Nishijin area of Kyoto. The textile is mostly used for the fabric of entrance curtains and covers for scenery pieces, as well as sumibōshi (headscarves for priests) and waistbands. There is a similar kind of figured textile, Rinzu, which is scoured and dyed after being woven. It is mostly used for kimono.

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