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Kinran (金襴)

A kind of figured textile (mon-orimono). Kinran refers to gorgeous and splendid fabrics with patterns woven from gold (and sometimes coloured) threads. It is often used for Noh costumes, and the major material is silk. The kinran technique was introduced to Sakai from China in the Momoyama period, and the fabrics came to be woven in Nishijin in Kyōto. There are still many weavers in the Nishijin area active in the production of kinran. Fabrics woven with silver threads are called ginran.

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