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This is a bright unique example of a Japanese Kimono. It is s an extraordinary illustration of how much artistic effort the wealthy and noble individuals in Japanese society expected from their daily wear. The major fashion trend of the late Meiji Era, affecting the design of the Kimono, was a tendency towards brighter colors and more opulent fabrics. This trend became even more apparent as Japanese society became more economically prosperous and culturally expansive during the turn of the Century. The new taste for bold Kimono design reflected the general outward-looking attitude of society that had been building from the end of the Meiji Era, when the Emperor resumed his throne and opened Japan to foreign trade. The fabulous Kimono that came out of this style would become known by the name of the following era in Japanese History: Kimono in the Taisho Mode (1912 - 1926). During this time, the shape of the Kimono remained the same, but the traditional small motifs were dramatically enlarged or distorted to create a dramatic visual statement for the sophisticated urban woman. This bold, painterly-rendered, overall repeat design is clearly presented as a modern graphic pattern, totally different from classic designs of earlier times.
This brilliantly dyed Silk reflects the ideal of the twenties with its dramatic rendition of the beautiful leaves of the Maple ("Kaede") tree which were first used in textile patterns during the Momoyama period, often in conjunction with running water as it is here. The long wavy lines, connecting the bouquets of Chrysanthemum ("Kiku") and scattered Maple leaves, are reflective of a meandering stream. Hidden in the pale cloud pattern, also held together by the flowing water pattern, are delicate outlines of Iris ("Kakitsubata"). This stunning Kimono with its Fall colors and Autumn foliage is indicative of those gorgeous Kimono worn during the Fall Viewing Ceremonies.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Showa Era, ca 1930s
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Brilliantly hand dyed and stenciled Silk...has pinprick holes.
FINISHED SIZE: 49" w x 59" h
PRESENTATION: Colorful Silk Kimono Art, best used for fabric or to wear at home.
A Certificate of Authenticity is included.
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