Still Made By Hand: Artisans in Kyoto

The traditional crafts to seek out in the city.

Courtesy Daitou
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Toshiyuki Ohigashi is the fourth generation of his family to run this shop near the Jonangu shrine. Daitou got its start selling futon bedding such as soft cotton gauze sheets (a queen set is $138), and today it also stocks items like pajamas. Bleached over four days—most companies complete the process in 40 minutes—the store’s special fabric keeps one cool in summer and warm in winter. The shop also happens to be certified by the Department of Sleep Medicine at Japan’s Shiga University. 66-2 Yamaden, Shimomisu, Yokooji, Fushimi-ku.