W2638 SUPERB RARE LATE EDO WEDDING KIMONO, CHIRIMEN SILK, FINE EMBROIDERY, CRANE AND ROOSTER
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Late Edo Era 1850-1870
Width Across Shoulders and Sleeves 48 inches ( 120.3 cms )
Length 59 1/2 inches ( 149.5 cms )
Excellent for the age, the colours are still vibrant, there is light dyed marking on the back collar, one light mark lower left back, see photo. There is a tiny hole, upper front of left sleeve, see photos.
This is a supreme piece and is museum quality. The wedding kimono, uchikake, is made from chirimen silk with fine embroidery and metallic threads. Paste resist decoration (chaya-zome) and stencilled imitation shibori (kata kanoko) are techniques used in the breathtaking design. The floral design is interspersed with pine trees, cranes and turtles, all auspicious Japanese symbols. The design on the lower back of the kimono is of roosters, one standing on a Shinto drum, another with white chicks and cranes. The rooster is highly thought of in Japanese Shinto religion and at the Isonokami Shine roosters and chickens run freely, they are thought of as messengers to the Gods. The rooster is also thought to guard against evil spirits and represents fidelity in marriage. The lining of this stunning piece is smooth red silk and the hem is heavily padded. A Collector's dream!
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