During the next century (Nara Period, 645-794), the techniques, motifs and colours changed to better suit the Japanese taste. During this period, in 756, the Emperor Shomu decided to use a Shoso (rice barn) to hold and protect his treasure, creating in this humble Shoso the first Museum of the world, or Shoso-in. The next Emperors would follow his example and would continue to augment this precious collection (closed to the public for centuries). Interestingly enough, among these precious items, embroideries from the Nara period were found there. In these pieces, the threads used were flat (not twisted) and the most common stitch was the Satin Stitch.