Vintage Japanese Textiles

Vintage Japanese Vermillion Silk Juban with Surihaku Applied Gold Cranes | Nagajuban


Age:Showa - 1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 45-0"l x  40-0"w; 18-1/2"w (shldr. to shldr.)

For sale is a beautiful, lavish Juban, which is an undergarment worn under the kimono and a very important garment because it forms a fundamental part of the kimono. 

This vintage garment is made of "rinzu" silk in a vermillion, (orange red), colored with a floral and geometric fretwork background design giving visual depth to the piece, (Fretwork is an interlaced decorative design that is woven into the fabric). The fabric has Surihaku, (stencil or freely applied artwork with gold leaf pressed onto the rice paste motif, then brushed away leaving a design in metallic foil), applied flying cranes in gold leaf. As seen in antique textiles, surihaku decoration was widely used on lavish Juban and Kimono. The crane is a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity and used to create a lavish effect and beautifully incorporated into this fabric. Juban of this type would have been worn by a young unmarried women for Coming of Age Day, which is the year she turns 20 years of age. This Juban has a matching vermillion silk collar, (eri), and lapel. This Juban has long swinging, 26-0" sleeves, an open front with no closures, and is fully lined in un-ornamented cotton.

Authentic Japanese kimono require a variety of accessories to be worn in a traditional layered manner. Juban are just one of many such accessories worn to give a kimono it's distinct look. In the 20th Century in Japan and around the world according to Vogue magazine, Juban is seen having a visually sensual appearance and becoming a boudoir garment, and independent from the Kimono.

Vintage Condition: It is good excellent condition, with no stains, fading or damaged fabric as it appears unworn. Truly a wonderful piece of wearable Japanese textile art!