The "Oriya" Style
A Kyo-Machiya house with a workshop in the back.
What's the Oriya Style House?
It is a Kyo-Machiya house designed for weavers.
This style of Kyo-Machiya is often seen in Nishijin, where the weaving industry flourished. It is a house suitable for Nishijin textile weavers. The use of the front and back of the house is different from that of a typical Kyoto machiya, with the residence in the front and the workshop in the back.
A power loom in the workshop
The Chracteristics of the Oriya Style
An unexpectedly large atrium space, which is invisible from the outside, is in the back.
It is used as a work area where hand looms and power looms are lined up on the floor, mostly the dirt floor.
In recent years, these spaces have been increasingly being remodeled into cafes and photo studios.
The cross-section of a Oriya-style house
A view of the workshop from the earthen floor
The traditional Kyo-Machiya high-ceilinged kitchen are leads into the workshop atrium in the back.
First Floor Layout
① Entrance Earthen Floor
② Earthen Floor
* A high-ceilinged atrium space for looms is in the back.
The Design of the Oriya Style
The house is specifically designed for weavers.
The atrium space in the workshop has beams near the ceiling, allowing a direct view of the attic, and ceiling windows to let in light.
The high ceiling above the kitchen sink area
A view of the living space
There are a series of rooms with a calm atmosphere.
A power loom that can weave a large width of Nishijin cloth
When it is turned on, a powerful sound echoes through the air.
The work process of Nishijin textiles is very efficient. Each task is an important one.
To control the weaving pattern, a thick paper with holes punched in it called "mongami" was used in the past, but now computers are used.
Large power looms are still in operation.
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