Partnership with Wild Silk Master Artist and Craftsman

Published: 12 October 2021
Last edited: 19 October 2021

Mr Hidenori Nakanishi's premium Royal Wild Silk art and craftsmanship has gained international recognition and popularity, including the trust of the Royal Family of Yogyakarta as the prominent Royal Wild Silk Master Artist. As a registered stakeholder of #sdgaction30981, Mr. Hidenori Nakanishi’s art has been the dynamic force of an inclusive business model which improves the livelihood of rural wild silk spinners in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

It is through Mr Hidenori Nakanishi's meticulous study and practical research, that special techniques were pioneered to strengthen the Cricula wild silk yarn and created a unique weaving method that eliminates the shrinkage of Cricula yarn.


It is through this breakthrough that the creation of high quality Cricula wild silk kimonos and obis in Japan is made possible; kick starting the inclusive business model, which creates an economic value that has evidently improved the livelihood of rural wild silk spinners in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Lessons learned

  • It is paramount to work with artists who are always looking for new possibilities and innovations, as well as a selfless willingness to openly share their techniques and wisdoms, across multiple cultures and nations.
  • It is important to create mutual trust among stakeholders across different fields (economic, art and science), by maintaining an open channel of communication.
  • Continuous training is fundamental in building trust and people empowerment among the rural villagers.

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