Condition: Excellent

Exceptional Vintage Man’s Shibori Silk Kimono | Late Taisho – 1920s

This Kimono design is called Shibori, which is known to be one of the oldest dying techniques in Japan, most popular in the early Edo period. This lined Museum quality Kimono has a taupe dyed two-dimensional shippo-tsunagi, (linked circle), geometric design on the surface and handmade for a gentleman, (not machine mass-produced using computer aided design methods as are contemporary pieces). Interesting note: When a man wears a kimono, yukata or juban the left side lapel is always on the outside, but for women the overlapping of the garment is the opposite, (right over left). Condition: Excellent and exceptional color/fabric condition, with all the textural qualities intact which were produced by hand knotting and dying, and in overall original condition. The kimono is cotton lined to protect the silk garment. Dimensions: 60-0”L x 32-0”w, (shoulder to shoulder).

Additional Information —

The Shibori Shippo Tsunagi Hand Dye Technique has been used by courtiers since Heian era, (794 to 1185). “Seven Treasures” refers to a repetitious background design utilized by Japanese artists and craftsmen. The pattern can be plain, or as shown  here filled with a tsukidashikanodko pattern. This particular pattern has interlacing circles, which are the same sizes, and the circles are spread out unlimitedly to all the directions. For this reason, this pattern is considered to be a symbol of good fortune.

For Shibori the cloth can be bound, stitched, folded, twisted, clamped and compressed. It is also not unusual to find that rice has been used to create the pattern. Each method that is used is done in harmony with the type of cloth to create beautiful surface designs. Fabrics have all different characteristics so the method must be chosen wisely to achieve the desired effect. The results are endless and can be as simple or as elaborate as you please. Complete research on Shibori can be found in a publication entitled: Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing by Yoshiko Wada, Mary Kellogg Rice and Jane Barton. 1983, ISBN: 0-87011-559-6.

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