It is a luxurious cloth which is woven in decorative or elaborate designs with gold threads. In some cases, the weaving process involves using not only gold threads but also gold leaf to create the luxurious pattern.
The fabric called ‘mukinmono’, which is woven without using any gold threads or gold leaf, is also included in Kinran.
This luxurious fabric is used for a hoyo-zabuton or syukuju-zabuton.
Kinran has a long history, which appeared in the “Taiheiki (Records of Great Peace)” written in the 14th century.