Embroidery(刺繍) has been used since ancient time. It was introduced from overseas as a technique for expressing Buddhist statues.
It has since been used for decoration of aristocratic costumes and armor, and has been uniquely designed in Japan.
Japanese embroidery is made by using threads of various thicknesses according to the pattern. There are 42 stitching patterns which requires advanced techniques.
In modern times, Shantou embroidery, Sagara embroidery, Suzhou embroidery, etc. are also used in kimono designs. They are used as decorations for high-class kimonos along with Japanese embroidery.
Typical production area: Kyooto city, Kyoto & Kanazawa, Ishikawa