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DESCRIPTION: This sophisticated Formal, handwoven Silk, Boys Kimono was intended for wearing on Boys Day in Japan. Only a young boy of noble standing would have been able to wear this marvelous hand painted Silk Boy’s Kimono. It has been painted in the "Rice Paste Resist" technique in unusual shades of black and gray which resemble Chinese ink painting. The incorporation of these colors creates a shadowy and mysterious appearance just by using the varying hues of black. As a color, Black, expresses all the universe with its spiritual overtones. This magnificent Hawk (Falcon) or "Taka" is considered the King of Birds in Japan. Warriors especially liked the bird because of its fierce, combative spirit; as well as for the visually striking patterns of its plumage. It has been highlighted with handmade pure gold threads that have been "Couched" to the fabric.
The Family Crest, “Mon,” appears 5 times on the shoulders and back of the garment and indicates that it was to be worn for formal occasions. The Crest is that of the Wisteria or "Fuji," which is one of the most graceful and intricate of the traditional Japanese motifs. The Wisteria is often singled out for admiration in wisteria viewing parties held as early as the year 897. The most famous family using the Wisteria as its crest were the Fujiwara's, whose name, when translated literally, means "field of wisteria." 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: Late Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) to Early Taisho Era (1913 - 1926)
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Silk Kimono with pure, hand made gold threads created by painting liquid Gold on rice paper and then wrapping it around Silk threads. Because it was so fragile, this thread could only be laid on top of the fabric and “Couched” to it. The hand painting used the Rice Paste Resist technique that requires that each color be applied separately, while all the others are 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. Dramatic Kimono in excellent condition.
FINISHED SIZE: Typical size for a formal Boys Kimono approximates 34" across x 41" tall
PRESENTATION: Creates a brilliant wall hanging or framed textile art; or, for an extraordinary outing, to be worn.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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