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Japanese Vintage Textile Bingata Obi Cloth

Japanese Vintage Textile Bingata Obi Cloth

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1980: Item # 1200950

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Denenchofu, Otaku
Tokyo, Japan 145-0071

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This is an obi (sash) cloth with Bingata pattern. Bingata is the traditional dyeing technique which can trace back to 13th century. It is originated from the dyeing for the formal and ceremonial kimono for the women in the Ryukyu royal family in Okinawa Islands. Only the royal and warrior (samurai) class were allowed to wear Bingata in old days. It is katazome (stencil-dyeing) and colored with pigments and then the color gradation is added, that is called "irozashi" which is the feature of the Bingata. This obi cloth is handwoven of hemp wefts and cotton warps. The pattern has the motif of the traditional birds, mums, streams etc. It used to be an obi so it has some lines, but generally in good condition. 20th century. 36.5cm x 4m24cm