Cotton futonji with tsutsugaki design of cha-dogu (tea utensils) for Sencha . Sencha is Chinese style tea and non-powdered green tea. It is hand-spun cotton and dyed with natural indigo. The utensils are: a tea bowl, a tea caddy, a leaf-tea jar, a kettle, a a bamboo whisk, a tea pot, chopsticks for charcoals, a feather fire-making fan, a set of earthen pot and furace, tea saucers, a basket for tea set and so on. In excellent condition. Late 19th to mid 20th century. 126cm x 152cm
Cotton futonji with bold kasuri pattern. It is hand-spun cotton and dyed with natural indigo. Some parts have lighter indigo color that gives beautiful taste to it. In excellent condition. Late 19th to mid 20th century. 134cm x 140cm
Miyako-jufu man's kimono hand-woven of choma (ramie) and dyed with Ryukyu-ai. The wefts and the warps are hand plied. Miyako-jofu has been woven in Miyako Island in Okinawa since 14th century. It was called "Satsuma-jofu" in Edo period as the island belonged to Satsuma feudal domain. It was imposed as tax. It is time-consuming process of thread making, thread plying, weaving as matching the wefts and warps kasuri patterns. It is pounded with mallet to make it shiny after the cloth is woven...
Man's cotton kimono with Mokume-shibori (wood grain shibori). In good condition, but it has many spattered stains in spite of having been washed. The first half of the 20th century. 130cm x 136cm
Cotton shibori man's kimono with beautiful design. The lower square shibori with a fish design means "fish market" and the shibori kanji letter in the shoulder also means fish so that it may have been ordered as a uniform for the workers there for the festival or the event. The first half of the 20th century. In excellent condition. 124cm x 133cm
Pair of golden yellow silk fukusa or ceremonial cloths, with diamond pattern with water birds design in brocade weave, over which is embroidered in different hues of pink and in goldthread. The larger fukusa is decorated with a lobster carrying a treasure boat, holding several of the treasures. The smaller fukusa is decorated with a treasure boat, as well. Reverse decorated in brocade technique with a family crest in white silk. Japan, Taisho or Showa era, ca...
and gold thread on red silk, of a kusudama or flower ball with flowers of the four seasons (cherry blossom, peony, chrysanthemum and pine). Reverse decorated in gold-thread stitching with a mitsu tomoe crest. Japan, Taisho or Showa era, ca. early to mid-20th century.
H 14 x W 12 ½ inches.
Almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth, with a painted decoration in vibrant colors, and with exquisitely fine silk and silver gold thread embroidery added, of an insect cage standing between fall grasses. Reverse decorated in yuzen-dye technique with a family crest. Japan, Taisho or Showa era, ca. early to mid-20th century.
H 23 x W 20 ¼ inches.
Small, almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth, with a painted decoration in black ink, some brown, and with white silk and gold metal embroidery added of an incense burner, kogo and lotus flower with large leaves. Reverse undecorated. Japan, Showa era, ca. 1950s.
H 9 ½ x W 10 inches.
Slightly yellowed, minimally soiled. Excellent material condition.
Han-juban (short under kimono) made of many silk fragments with tiny shibori pattern and with katazome (stencil-dyeing). The lining is cotton in orange color. Generally in good condition except for several moth holes. 52cm x 67cm The first half of the 20th century.
This is a men's tenugui patchwork juban, or under-kimono.
This kimono is made from repurposed cotton tenugui, traditional Japanese hand towels, that were pieced together. Graphic and bold, the positioning of the fabrics must have been carefully considered as there is a symmetry in this garment. Of interest are the sleeves, which are made from Japanese comfort bags (often given to soldiers) called imon-bukuro...
Woman's unlined kimono handwoven of asa (hemp) with double ikat pattern. It was produced in Omi region in Shiga prefecture near Kyoto. In excellent condition, looks never worn. Late 19th or the first half of the 20th century. 120cm x 128cm
A set of 3 hand painted Fukusa dated Showa 18 (1943) by 20th century artist Nakagawa Kigen enclosed in a period wooden box). A hawk in a pine adorns one, a Noh dancer in vivid color another, the third an abstract floral pattern. The two large fukusa are 65 x 70 cm each (25-1/2 x 27-1/2 inches), both signed and dated. Overall they are in fine condition, with some toning and minor marks typical of age and use...
Roll of cotton cloth with itajime shibori (board-clamped dyeing) pattern. It has labels which guarantee that it is pure cotton and has enough length. In excellent condition except that the 50cm from one end has some yellowish part but the left part has no stain either holes (guaranteed). 20th century. 35cm x 16m50cm
Small boro whose ground cloth as well as mending patches are all hand-spun and natural indigo dyed. Late 19th to mid 20th century. 57cm x 70cm
A large and masterfully constructed komebukuro patchwork bag. These bags were originally created to bring rice offerings to temple or to hold small meaningful gifts, and are often created from many different pieces of cotton as seen here.
This particular komebukuro is made with handloomed and handwoven cottons in indigo and brown colors, and is sashiko stitched with indigo dyed thread...
This is beautiful yukata, or cotton kimono, with mixed techniques of shibori tie dye and katazome resist dyed stencil details.
The shibori process presented seems to be a variation of an arashi shibori technique, where the cloth is first wrapped around a pole and then dyed, with natural indigo in this case. This gives rise to the beautiful striped, wave-like pattern that dances throughout the ground of the kimono...
This is a lovely, colorful antique sakiori obi or casual sash for kimono.
Sakiori is a traditional Japanese rag weaving technique which uses narrow strips of shredded cloth, typically salvaged from old kimono, as its weft. This technique was widespread at one time—born in an era when cloth was very precious.
In this example a shredded silk weft of deep purple, red, pine green, goldenrod, orange and other colors woven against a cotton warp of alternating maroon and white yarn...