In the 1930s kimono for young boys, such as this example, were often patterned with highly graphic propaganda images and the slogan Daiteikoku-Great Empire. Such motifs became increasingly nationalistic and militaristic. Japan's rapid industrialization and militarization under the slogan Fukoku Kyohei- Strengthen the Armed Forces and Shokusan Kogyo-Industrialization led to its emergence as a world power and the establishment of a colonial empire following the First Sino-Japanese War and World War I. Turmoil in the 1920s led to the rise of militarism, eventually culminating in Japan's membership in the Axis alliance and the conquest of a large part of the Asia-Pacific in World War II, which this boy’s kimono depicts.
Provenance: Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu Island, Japan, private ownership.
Date: late 1930s.
Materials: printed asa fabric. Asa is a term to describe bast fibers, meaning a fiber taken from plants, and also including ramie, hemp, jute and linen. Lining is made of Kasuri which is the Japanese word for fabric that has been woven with fibers dyed specifically to create patterns and images in the fabric.
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.
Measurements: End sleeve to end sleeve (flat): 31 inches (79 cm) Length (shoulder to hem): 30 inches (76 cm).
Condition: Good vintage. Time patina and signs of pre-ownership are visible. Tears in the fabric due to age are visible. See photos. Items is sold 'as found’ in Japan. Excellent for wall display. Item is 100% authentic. Shipment will be insured.
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