About arTradition

arTradition is an auction site dealing with new artworks created when contemporary artists meet the expertise of Kyoto’s traditional crafts passed down through generations.

In recent years, traditional crafts are increasingly recognized as a new possibility for contemporary art by applying exceptional craftmanship and perfection of materials both domestically and internationally. In order to carry on the momentum towards new challenge amongst and after the COVID-19 pandemic, arTradition aspire to exhibit the value of Kyoto’s traditional enterprise globally through this online auction.

By feeling the texture and aesthetics of contemporary artworks created with Kyoto’s traditional craftmanship, we hope to offer an insight into the profound culture of “monozukuri” deep-rooted in the nature of the city.

Main Artworks Handled

Artworks by contemporary artists that combine the artistry of “Kyomono Traditional Crafts”.

To preserve and maintain traditional skills and train successors in traditional crafts, Kyoto Prefecture confers the designation of “Kyomono Traditional Crafts” to local crafts meeting the following criteria:

① A major part of the manufacturing process is handcrafting, or an extension of handcrafting.

② The manufacturing employs traditional techniques or processes.

③ Traditionally-used materials form the major part of materials, or traditional designs are used.

◆Nishijin-ori (Woven Textiles)

◆Kyo-kanoko Shibori (Dyed Textiles)

◆Kyo-yuzen (Dyed Textiles)

◆Kyo-komon(Dyed Textiles)

◆Kyo-nui (Embroidery)

◆Kyo-kumihimo (Braided Cords)

◆Kyo-kuromontsukizome (Black Dyeing)

◆Kyo-butsudan (Buddhist Altars)

◆Kyo-butsugu (Buddhist Paraphernalia)

◆Kyo-shikki (Lacquerware)

◆Kyo-sashimono (Wood Crafts)

◆Kyo-yaki and Kiyomizu-yaki (Ceramics)

◆Kyo-sensu (Folding Fans)

◆Kyo-uchiwa (Round Fans)

◆Kyoto Stone Crafts

◆Kyo-ningyo (Dolls)

◆Kyo-hyogu (Mounting)

◆Kyo-fusahimo and Yorihimo (Knot Tassels and Twisted Cords)

◆Kyo-toningyo (Ceramic Dolls)

◆Kyoto Metal Craft

◆Kyo-zogan (Inlay)

◆Kyo-hamono (Cutting tools)

◆Kyoto Ceremonial Costumes and Furnishings

◆Kyo-meichiku (Bamboo crafts)

◆Kyoto Shikishi, Tanzaku and Wahonjo

◆Kitayama Maruta (Cedar Logs)

◆Kyo-hanga (Woodblock Printing)

◆Tango Fujifu Fabric

◆Kurotani Washi (Japanese Paper)

◆Tango Chirimen


◆Kyo-insho (Seals)

◆Kyo-shippo (Cloisonné Enamel)

◆Kyo-takekogei (Bamboo Crafts)