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C2725 SUPER RARE MEIJI GIRL'S PADDED KIMONO, ITAJIME AND SAFFLOWER DYED

C2725 SUPER RARE MEIJI GIRL'S PADDED KIMONO, ITAJIME AND SAFFLOWER DYED

Price:

£160

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Age:

Meiji Era 1880's-1890's

Measurements:

Across Shoulders and Sleeves 41 inches ( 102.5 cms )
Length 48 inches ( 120.2 cms )

Condition:

Excellent for the age, just a few slight discolourations, see photo, and one or two pinholes. I certainly haven't seen one in this condition before only in museums in Japan.

Description:

This is a lovely collector's item, a girl's padded kimono from the Meiji Era. The fabric is dyed with natural dyes using the safflower plant. The technique is itajime, the design is carved into wooden boards and the thin silk fabric is folded in layers and sandwiched between the boards. There are holes made in the boards to pour in the natural dye which is taken up by the fabric in the uncarved areas. This allowed long length of fabric to be dyed with the design, in this case the design is stylised chrysanthemums and persimmon fruits. This sort of fabric was mostly used for children's kimono and undergarments eg dounuki. This kimono is padded all over, the sleeves have been extended using different design itajime fabric and the lining is plain naturally dyed raw red silk. Wonderful collector's item !!!

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