Kawashima Jinbei II

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  • Born: 1853
  • Died: 1910
  • Japanese: 川島甚兵衛 (Kawashima Jinbee)

Kawashima Jinbei II was a Nishijin-based kimono dealer, the son of Kawashima Jinbei I.

His childhood name was Benjirô (弁次郎).

He took over his father's business in 1879, and traveled to Europe in 1886, where he studied textiles at Gobelins in France, among other major cultural centers. After his return to Japan, he contributed significantly to the improvement of Japanese methods of hand-woven brocade, including tsuzure nishiki and kara nishiki.


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