This silk kimono depicting Mount Fuji in kanoko shibori and hand painted gozabune houseboat, dates from the Emperor Showa period 1940's. Silk is exquisite, refined, extremely soft to the touch, and exceedingly light in weight. Shibori is known to be one of the oldest dying techniques in Japan, most popular in the early Edo period when lower class people were forbidden from wearing silk. Gozabune is a houseboat used on both rivers and oceans. It was designed as a government type of sailing boat for transporting government officials and merchants on mission. The most significant feature of this type of boat is the house/ roof. It was designed for long distance travel; therefore, the house on the boat ensured the safety and comfort of the travelers. This Kimono is a piece of art in itself.
Fabric: Silk Tetsumugi fabric, hand woven with threads hand spun. Threads are dyed with plant dyes.
Total width: 54 inches (137 cm).
Total length: 53 inches (135 cm).
Back width (without sleeves): 26 inches (66 cm).
Condition: Very good vintage. Time patina and some signs of pre-ownership are visible. Entirely handmade and hand stitched. Provenance: Kyushu island, Japan. All, authentic Japanese vintage, unique kimono or other objects have been acquired by my husband and I, assisted by a Japanese specialist, while we lived in Japan for 5 years.
This is a collectors’ item, authentic and unique. Many different factors determine prices. First: age, rarity, and condition. Second: aesthetics. Since in Japan the best kimono have always been considered textile art, kimono prices can vary as much as do prices on paintings. Thus, beautiful and rare kimono command a premium.
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