Cultural Activities

We think that it is also our mission to preserve and inherit textile culture, as sort of fortune of humanity, as well as master textile. The idea realized to construct Ichihara plant handled by 4th Jimbei Kawashima in 1964, which is our present head office. Ichihara plant has 'Textile Museum' housing various dyed and woven articles and textile educational establishment 'Kawashima Textile School,' in addition to central facilities of corporate activity such as offices for planning and development division and plants for handweaving and machinery to face textile from the aspect of technique and culture. Kawashima Selkon Textiles will continue to contribute to development of textile culture, supporting it from a variety of aspects.

Textile Museum

This museum is the oldest company museum in Japan: The Western-style three-story building was opened in 1889(22nd year of Meiji) under the name of "Museum of Art Specimens" by Jimbei Kawashima Ⅱ to show his dyed and woven textiles and interior decoration. We have about 160,000 items in this museum: 80,000 of dyed and woven textiles collected worldwide by 1st and 2nd Jimbei Kawashima, "Jodai-gire" (around 7th century), "Meibutsu-gire" (notable fabrics), Chinese fabrics, Coptic fabrics, a wide variety of costumes, 20,000 of domestic and international old books, 60,000 of original drawings and trial weaving pieces regarding our projects and products. The precious articles are organized and researched, and we show what becomes identified and release generally to researcher and students.

Kawashima Textile School

Kawashima Textile School was opened in 1973 celebrating 130th anniversary for studying textile production and technical acquisition. It has a wide variety of curriculums from traditional technique and culture to modern textile art, in which students can study in varied styles. Kawashima Textile School turns out inspiring artists and leaders in dyeing field and receives a high reputation also from abroad as a textile school. In addition, it accepts foreign visitors and students from prestigious schools of North Europe, Italy and the United Kingdom to be an international textile school.

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