efe-epaKyoto, Japan

Tsuzure weaving in Japan embodies the "less is more concept" with its minimal use of tools to create the designs for delicate kimonos.

Tsuzure is done, in fact, mostly by hand - or rather, by nail - as weavers use the serrated edges of their fingernails to lay out the tapestry designs.

At the Ishikawa Tsuzure Weaving company in Kyoto, weaver Kyoko Kikuchi Tuesday used her fingernails to create the intricate designs on a kimono.

Kyoko and other practitioners purposely cut their nails in a jagged form so they can pull down the tiny threads of the fabric and form them into a tapestry.

The larger work of weaving the fabric together is done by the weaver sitting at a loom, and small wooden tools.

The weaving technique, which originated during Japan's Nara period (710-794), joins other world-renowned Japanese art forms such as ukiyo-e woodblock prints, origami paper and ikebana flower arrangement.