The Journal of Silk Science and Technology of Japan
Online ISSN : 1881-1698
Print ISSN : 1880-8204
ISSN-L : 1880-8204
Production and demand for high-class silk during the Nara period
Mutsuo Miki
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2013 Volume 21 Pages 31-36


During the Nara period, in the 8th century CE, demand for the high-class nishiki, aya, ra, and ryomen silks for government and religious purposes was small compared with the demand for general silks, but demand for kanhata was strong. Little high-class silk was given as diplomatic gifts to foreign countries. Some was used as ornamentation in inner Buddhist temples, and for monks’ costumes, sutras, and sutra bags. Kanhata was much used for making sutras, particularly in the latter half of the Nara period. Small amounts of nishiki, aya, ra, haku, and gauze silks were woven into ashiginu.

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