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DESCRIPTION: This marvelous handwoven Silk Boy’s Kimono was intended to be worn for Boys’ Day in Japan by a young boy of noble standing. This “one in a million” design of a Samurai Lord and his retainers has been hand painted using the “Rice Paste Resist” method then hand embroidered using Pure Gold threads that have been “Couched” onto the fabric.
The Family Crest (“Mon”) appears 5 times on the shoulders and back of the garment and indicates that it was intended to be worn for formal occasions. The Crest is that of the Wood Sorrell (“Katabami”) whose seeds were very prolific; but, more importantly, the graphic convention of introducing the sword blade between the leaflets provided tremendous appeal to the martial class and was taken as a very auspicious symbol for high ranking military families.
The Kimono has been lined and underlined and padded for greater warmth in the colder months. From the high sheen of this finely handwoven Silk to the actual painting and fabulous embroidery, this Boys’ Kimono is a valued heirloom dating from Meiji Era Japan.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Formal Boys Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Early Meiji Era (1868-1912), circa 1870s
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Finely hand woven Silk Kimono that has been decorated using the Rice Paste Resist technique that required that each color be applied separately, while all the others were painted out in the rice paste. Each time a new color was added, the rice paste had to be removed by soaking it out over and over again in the local river water. To further embellish the design, it has been embroidered with pure gold and silk threads. Painting liquid Gold on rice paper and then wrapping it around Silk threads made the Pure Gold Thread; which, because it was so fragile, could only be laid on top of the fabric and “Couched” to it.
FINISHED SIZE: Typical size of Boys Kimono approximately: 41: high x 34" wide
PRESENTATION: Fabulous artwork to be hung or framed; or, for an incredible occasion, to be worn.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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