Right up to the present day in Kyoto, the home of the Imperial Palace, the Empress has a ceremony of feeding mulberry leaves to the silkworms. This is one of the end of summer rituals regarding silk farming. The Japanese Kimono, born of the finest Nishjin ori silk brocade, is an egalitarian robe expressively and gorgeously decorated.
For over a thousand years this wrapped front garment has signified through pattern, colour and motif, poetry and good fortune. The medicinal properties and spirit of the plants from which colours were gathered offered both beauty and protection. One could read scenes from classical literature on a figurative robe. Blossoms such as peonies, wisteria and chrysanthemums can be chosen, while butterflies and birds soar over the silk and elements like water, snow and clouds cover the wearer with a potent landscape.
The rich textiles of this country surrounded by the sea inspire our noble aims.
In the rich interplay of motif, the geography of desire ~
comes the legendary map of your soul.
Only the rarest fabrics reach divine Imperial stature.
Here is where you will find the only kind that can accompany you to Heaven.