Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Rare 1970's Okinawan Silk Bingata Fabric Roll
Kimono Sales Person's Sampler Roll 4.9yds(4.48m)
(12 panels of different designs in one bolt)
US$150.00 per roll (plus shipping)
Item Details and Description
Fabric Description: Bingata Silk roll, originally used as sampler by kimono salespersons.
Fabric Type: Rough Silk Bingata type (textured, less processing before being dyed so more like raw silk in feel).
Measurements(bolt): Width: 14.5"/36.8cm inches ; Length: 177 inches (4.9yds) / 4.48m
Colors: Bright and dark mixed; indigo, purple, rusty-burgundy, dark green, dark olive green,etc. see pictures.
Motifs: 12 different, classic Bingata dyed designs.
Cultural & Historical Notes:
Okinawa is part of the Ryuukyuuan Islands located southwest of the four main Japanese islands, northeast of Taiwan. Japan annexed The Ryuukyuus in 1879 and it was under United States rule from the end of World War II in 1945 to May of 1972; the culture is an island culture called Ryuukyuuan, with an interesting history of allegiance to both China and Japan over the centuries; While now officially a Japanese prefecture, and the main language and culture is Japanese (Okinawan language is a separate language but is only oral, not written), its arts and many aspects of its culture are distinctly Ryuukyuuan; also Okinawan culture shows influences from Southeast Asia.( Learn about Okinawan history HERE
) . By the 1970's Okinawan kimono store salespersons operated in Japanese fashion and used these fabric sampler rolls to show customers the different designs (Bingata) that were available to them in ordering a custom-made kimono.