The school the students study at, Kawashima
Textile School , is a training center built and maintained
by the Kawashima Textile Company, a major textile
producer in Japan of car upholstery, home furnishing
and apparel fabrics. The school is located next
to the companies Kyoto Headquarters where the
company produces exquisite Obi for Kimono, large-scale tapestry,
and jacquard fabrics for home furnishings.
textiles at Philadelphia University are encouraged
to participate in this program: they will return with memories,
portfolio material, future business contacts, and a desire to
return to Japan .