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DESCRIPTION: This colorful and magnificently hand painted and embroidered young boy’s Formal Silk Kimono, obviously belonged to a young man of high social standing, as the intricate weaving, hand painting, and pure gold threads of the embroidery are exquisite in their detailing. The dramatic Carp (“Koi”) fighting upstream amidst the powerful waves (“Nami”) and pine (“Matsu”) boughs was created through the “Rice Paste Resist” technique of painting. 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. The background color is very unusual in that it is actually a very dark teal which appears almost black.
The Carp is much admired in Japan and holds special
symbolism for young boys as it represents their fathers’ wish for them
to emulate its’ courage, stamina, and strength so vividly portrayed in
this artwork. This is reinforced by the imagery of the pine which
represents long life, the powerful waves which aid the boy's might and the
bamboo ("Take") which is prized for its resilience, flexibility
Kimono was then further embellished by the use of pure gold thread which
was created by painting liquid Gold on rice paper and then wrapping it
around Silk threads; which, because it was so fragile, could only be
laid on top of the fabric and “Couched” to it. In
addition, liquid gold highlights have been
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 Plum Blossom (“Ume”) which, in addition to its beauty, is admired for its strength and hardiness in the face of lingering winter, as it was the first flower to appear and announce the coming of spring. From the high sheen of this finely hand woven Silk to the actual painting and fabulous embroidery, this Boys’ Kimono is a valued heirloom.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan
TYPE TEXTILE: Formal Silk Boys Kimono
APPROXIMATE DATE OR PERIOD: Late Meiji Era (1868-1912) to the early Taisho Era (1913-1926), around the turn of the century
FABRIC CONTENT and CONDITION: Hand woven Satin Silk in extraordinary condition. I Extraordinary Kimono 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.
TTAC will personally pack and ship via UPS at company expense within the continental U.S.