5405: 1950's Japanese Silk Brocade Ladies Silk Kimono Fabric Piece, Ornate,Metallic

5405 1950s japanese brocaded silk kimono fabric 56inches view

Catalog #5405

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

 1950's Japanese  Silk Brocade
Ladies Silk Kimono Fabric Piece

 Motifs Interwoven Highly Decorative(Fukusa-coverlet)

Width:14 inches / 35.6 cm
Length: 56 inches / 1.42m

US$15.00 per piece 

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Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's, found as cut pieces  from Arai Hari (special Japanese kimono cleaner -- see info on Arai-Hari HERE from John Marshall, expert on Japanese textiles). This type silk was intended for use in making higher end lady's  silk kimono; 100% Japanese silk and it has heavily brocaded motifs and dense weave silk; Received as full roll; designs shown are continuous.

Fabric Type: Medium to heavy-weight deep bright purple colored silk, 100% Japanese silk, interwoven mostly with burnished type metallic silver and ruby red lines.slight drape with slight sheen within the designs;  designs are  on one side but we show threads of brocade etc of reverse in later pictures here.

Motifs: Designs are heavily brocaded silver squared shapes which we believe are fukusa (ceremonial coverlets); the fukusa themselves are also full of designs such as varying size chrysanthemums, pine branches and old country house; long willow branches are along side stylized tiny shibori (dots) and shimmering water; This is highly unusual, a beautiful but creative use of traditional Japanese art and culture themes but in a unique way. 

CULTURAL NOTE: In the Fifties, just after the war ended (1945) many of the Japanese textile designers and fashion experts experimented and there was a burst of creativity after the oppressive conditions of pre-1945 Imperial Japan. This fabric seems to be an example of this (IMHO).

Condition: Excellent.
$ 15.00

5405: 1950's Japanese Silk Brocade Ladies Silk Kimono Fabric Piece, Ornate,Metallic