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DESCRIPTION: This charming and meticulously hand woven and hand painted young boy’s Formal Summer Silk Kimono, obviously belonged to a young man of high social standing, as the intricate weaving and hand painting are exquisite in their detailing. This finely woven Summer Silk Kimono could only have been worn for 3 months during the year: June, July, and August. This is an example of the “Ro” weave that is part of the “Karami Ori” Gauze family.
The cool theme of the Plovers ("Chidori") offers a respite from the insufferable summer heat. Plovers were also associated with the winter season in poetry beginning with the Heian Era; and, for this reason, patterns with wintry associations were popular for lightweight summer robes because they reinforced a cool feeling. In this way, this wonderful boy’s Kimono highlights the season of the design. One bird perches on a fishing net nestled among the marsh grasses, while the other flies overhead. The water is lightly and stylistically represented, as the grasses complete the composition and continue around to the front of the Kimono. The composition was created through the “Rice Paste Resist” technique of painting.
The Family Crest ("Mon") is based on that of the melon (“Mokko”). The original name came from a decorated cloth screen placed around a prominent person as a frame as well as to shield him from the eyes of lesser mortals. From this cloth (“Misu No Mokko”), the name “Mokko” was abstracted. It held an honored place among the patterns used on Japanese Court Costumes. The crest is completed by the addition of a circle surrounding it which carried with it the connotation of perfection, harmony, completeness, integrity and even peace. The use of 5 of the family’s crest (“Mon”), the symbolic designs appearing within the 5 white circles on the black shoulders and sleeves, indicate that this was a Kimono intended to be worn for formal occasions by a young boy of noble standing.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Boy's Summer Silk Formal Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: "Summer Silk" is the most difficult of the gauze weaves as strips of densely woven material separated by an open weave distinguish it. The secret of this fine open weave fabric is the twisting of the warp threads in pairs, prior to being inserted in the twist, which produces a strong, beautiful, and cool “Summer Silk” by which it is known. It was then hand painted in the Rice Paste Resist technique where, in order to apply each individual color, all the remaining colors must first be painted out in the rice paste. This is an extraordinarily difficult, time consuming, and labor-intensive artistic process that often took months to accomplish. In excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: Typical Size for a Formal Boys Kimono approximately 34" across x 41" tall
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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