Nuido workshop

March 17, 2019
09:30 ÷ 13:00
Galleria Nobili
Via Marsala, 4
20121 Milano (MI)

Japanese embroidery lab
edited by Cecilia Roger

What is nuido

Nuido literally means 'way of the thread' or 'way of embroidery'. Nui is the word that indicates the technical and physical aspect of the embroidery, while do the mental and spiritual aspect that characterizes many traditional Japanese artistic forms (for example judo, via of the yielding). There are 47 coded embroidery techniques and some of them have the feature of overlapping to create a relief effect. The support used is silk, generally they are fabrics for kimono or for obi and the threads themselves used for embroidery are in silk or metal, such as gold, silver or bronze. Furthermore, colors and decorative motifs always have a symbolic and auspicious value.

Japanese traditional embroidery (nuido) with cherry blossom
Cecilia Roger, embroidery with springtime subject: cherry blossom

Nuido in Japan

Waht is nowadays called nuido arrived in Japan from China, through Korea, during the spread of Buddhism in Japan (before and during the Nara period 645-794 AD). Initially, it was present only in artistic representations of religious inspiration but later it accompanied the evolution of the costume of Japan, first becoming the ornament of the clothes of the nobles of the Imperial Court, the powerful feudal lords and actors of the theater and, later, the rich traders and the geisha world. During the Meiji era (1868-1912), traditional Japanese embroidery underwent a transformation, becoming more delicate and precise, with more realistic details. It was transmitted from master to pupil exclusively orally for almost 1600 years and was "outsourced" only in 1980 when some pieces of Japanese embroidery were exhibited in a national seminar in America.

Flowers and leaves embroidered with japanese traditional style nuido


  • Maximum 10 students
  • The workshop will be issued only with a minimum of 5 students
  • Cost € 85
  • All materials supplied by the artist
  • The materials produced remain the property of the student
  • For subscriptions please write to

Cancellation and non-attendance

If the cancellation occurs:
  • 10 or more days before the course: we will refund 85% of the amount
  • 7,8,9 days before: 50% refund
  • less than 7 days or non-attendance: no refund

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