5249: 1950's Japanese Cotton Fabric,Rare Children's Motifs, 5.5Yds Palace Dolls

5249: 1950s Japanese Children Cotton 5.5yds, close-up9

Catalog# 5249

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1950's Japanese Kimono Cotton Fabric
Rare Childrens Motifs: Gosho Ningyo
(Palace Dolls)

Width: 27.75 inches / 70.5cm
Length: 5.5 Yards / 5m

US$55.00

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Item Details and Description

  • Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's -1960's, Found as single piece.
  • Fabric Description: Deadstock (never used), Japanese children's vintage kimono fabric.
  • Fabric Type: Cotton, higher quality, light-medium weight, designs on one side.
  • Measurements: width=27.75 inches / 70.5cm ; Length= 5.5yards/5m.
  • Colors: background is red with a hint of shuiro(vermillion: (looks red in lower light) and various other light pastel colors in specific motifs.
  • Motifs: We seldom see these called gosho ningyo (Palace Dolls) children's designs from the 1950's; this is a factory-cut (double width 27.75 inches) with Palace Dolls in many different play poses; Included also are classical motif items associated with children's toys (including Takarabune treasure ships and Takara-no-kozuchi treasure mallets -- both symbolize good fortune) as well as flowers with fan design, holding flowers and birds;  see many close-ups.
  • Condition: Excellent.
  • Cultural NotesThe Gosho-Ningyo (Palace Dolls) motifs were very popular pre-war (before 1945) and are associated with high-status and prosperity meanings, worn by wealthy or aristocratic children in the past. While still seen in contemporary vintage (post 1960) this particular design is quite rare in our experience.
$ 55.00

5249: 1950's Japanese Cotton Fabric,Rare Children's Motifs, 5.5Yds Palace Dolls