Fans are important in Japanese culture and are woven into this vintage Japanese kimono silk vest, with a ground of black and tiny gray stitches. The colorful lining (light tan, orange, orange-red, violet and light gray) has a dyed pattern representing the “three friends in winter” (bamboo, pine and plum) and sandbars. In the center of th ...click for details
Soft and shiny vintage Japanese silk rinzu shows very detailed traditional patterns of woven rectangles, arabesques, pine, waves, leaves flowers and old thread spools. There is a lovely satin sheen to this vintage lightweight silk vest. Several of the spools and rhombus-shaped areas have tiny stitches outlining the design with silver, be ...click for details
This specially raised woven silk crepe pattern shows woven medallions that enclose facing phoenixes, flowers, arabesques and weights; tied together with scrolling ribbons with tassels. Lovely black on black intricate texture is apparent in the photos of this vintage Japanese silk kimono vest. This vest is medium weight and does not have ...click for details
Wonderful woven texture appears on this light tan-brown vintage Japanese silk kimono vest. The lining is off-white with area of pastel pinks and greens. In the center of the back is one white family crest (mon) in the popular paulownia motif. Having one-five family crests on a Japanese garment meant that it was not worn every day, but o ...click for details
This light weight vintage Japanese silk kimono vest has a white shibori (tie-dye) diamond pattern appears on a dark plum ground. The shibori dyeing technique is extremely labor intensive. Inside, the lining has wide stripes that are dyed in a faux shibori design.
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This is a vintage silk crepe (medium weight) kimono features a rinzu pattern of small arrows, appearing shiny on a royal blue ground. The inside upper two-thirds of the lining appears replaced with red cotton fabric except for old lightweight silk (dyed ‘benibana’ red) lining the sleeves. There is a light green crepe silk lining the bot ...click for details
This lovely lightweight silk shows a woven traditional garden landscape on temple grounds with intricate details woven in light blue-gray, on a violet-blue ground. Swirling water flows under bridges and around rocks, bamboo, pine and willow trees with five story pagodas standing out with their tall spires. This kimono is lined with ...click for details
Luxurious metallic vintage silk brocade weaving reflects sparkling silver and gold majestic mountains on a white silk ground. This fukuru obi might have previously been sewn into a Nagoya style obi, where the crease lines remain.
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