Tango Chirimen: The Finest Texture in Silk Crepe


In partnership with NHK World Japan, Japan House London hosts a series of documentary screenings exploring the beauty and diversity of Japanese textiles. In Tango Chirimen: The Finest Texture in Silk Crepe guests can discover the origins and evolution of Tango chirimen, a type of crimped silk crêpe that has been produced for over 300 years in the Tango region of Kyoto Prefecture.

About Tango Chirimen: The Finest Texture in Silk Crepe (Core Kyoto)

The Tango region, located on the northern coast of Kyoto Prefecture, is Japan's largest producer of chirimen, a supple silk textile which accounts for 60% of all kimono fabric. The elegantly crimped texture of chirimen makes it easy to dye; however, with the proliferation of new styles of clothing and the subsequent decrease in demand for kimono, production has dropped to 3% of the industry's heyday. The COVID-19 pandemic was an additional blow. Today, young artisans are searching for new ways to use their experience and knowledge to produce luxury silks. Discover how this 300-year-old textile has evolved and its ties with Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto.

Duration: 28 min

Screening Times:
  • 10–11 July 2021: 16:05
  • 12–25 July 2021:
    Monday to Saturday: 14:05, 16:05, 19:05*
    Sunday: 14:05, 16:05

(*Please note there is no 19:05 screening on Thursday 22 July 2021)