In the 1930s, as Japan expanded aggressively on the Asian continent, designs for men’s undergarments became increasingly nationalistic. The bright and seemingly playful design on this under-kimono (juban) belies its subject matter which features planes, battleships and searchlights. This museum quality and conversation piece, authentic kimono-juban for men, has images of many Rising Sun Battle Flags, Mitsubishis 1MF 1923 biplanes, and famous Yamato battleship. In 1941, the world's largest battleship was born with the best shipbuilding technology at the time. Its name is "Yamato".
Made of fine Japanese plain wave silk. Entirely handmade. Period: 1930-1940.
Measurements (please do not double):
Back (flat): 25” (64 cm)
Sleeve length: 20” (51 cm)
Length (shoulder to hem): 43” (109 cm).
Excellent for wall display. Item is 100% authentic. Opt for a wall display that is dramatic and easy. The back of this garment can be displayed due to its fine ornamentation. Kimono are usually displayed, most often with the front panels spread to show the full width and continuous design of these pieces.
Condition: Very good vintage. Time patina and signs of pre-ownership are visible. Foxing on the lapel; foxing is inherent with silk and age. Kimono has not been cleaned, it is sold as found.
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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