DESCRIPTION: This is a rare and unique example of a Japanese
man’s “Nagajuban” or Under-Kimono.
The fine silk has been handwoven, hand stenciled, and
hand painted by an extraordinary artist. The Nagajuban itself is a
remarkable illustration of how much artistic effort the wealthy and
noble individuals in Japanese society expected from their daily wear.
The combination of artistic efforts that were
required to produce this exceptional Kimono took enormous time, labor
and skill. The majority of the Kimono has been painstakingly hand stenciled
in an intricate overall plaid ("Koshijima") pattern. Superimposed upon
the plaid are two exquisitely hand painted and signed depictions of
characters from the famous Japanese children’s Legend of
Yamamba. In this story, Yamamba translates as "Mountain Crone." She is a
sorcerer found in Japanese folklore who preys on travelers who have
become lost in her wooded lair, and who has often been blamed for
missing children. Despite her predatory nature, Yamamba has a benevolent
side: she raised the orphan hero Kintaro (who became the famous warrior
Sakata no Kintoki) who, in this illustration, saved the lives of a
mother bear and her cub during a massive storm by pulling an enormous
tree out by its roots and laying it across a stream so they could pass
to safety. Pregnant women still pray to the Kami (gods) to give birth to
a child as beautiful and strong as Kintaro.
attention to detail is outstanding, while the painting itself has been
accomplished through the “Rice Paste Resist” process, which involved
painting out all but one color with rice paste and repeating this process
for each color that was applied. Only natural dyes and pigments were used
throughout: the blue representing one of the most basic color sensations
shared by all mankind from the sky to the waters of the earth; and taupe,
the color of earth itself.
It is obvious that this garment belonged to a man
of high social standing and wealth as a Nagajuban was intended to be worn
under another Kimono at home. An individual who could afford to hide such
a magnificent Artwork was indeed blessed with abundance.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Nagajuban or Under Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Early Meiji Era (1868-1912)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Finest hand woven Silk that
has been hand painted and stenciled by an important Japanese artist. In
FINISHED SIZE: 55" high x 52" at the widest
PRESENTATION: Dramatic art work to be wall hung or framed;
or, in extraordinary circumstances, worn.
Certificate of Authenticity is included.
will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the