5574: 1940's Japanese Ladies Chirimen Silk Kimono Fabric by yard

5574 1940s rare chirimen silk fabric, full yard view

Catalog #5574

Vintage Japanese Textiles:

 Distinctive 1940's Japanese  Silk Chirimen 
Ladies Silk Kimono Fabric by Yard

Distinctive Designs: Bamboo Leaves, Flowers, etc

Width:13.25 inches / 33.66 cm
Length: 1 yard / 91 cm


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Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1940's, found as partial deadstock roll ;  This type silk was intended for use in making nicer grade lady's  silk kimono; 100% Japanese silk, chirimen (crepe) type more textured to the touch than later chirimen, slight drape; This is a rather unusual design, but typical for the late 1940's just after the end of World War II when Japanese artists and kimono makers felt free under the post-war freedoms to try more creative uses of even traditional designs, ending often in this sort of thing -- traditional, but decidedly with an attempt a fresh uses of older motifs.

Fabric Type:  Light-medium weight soft-white background with wide ranges of colors used in the floral and other background designs; design is on one side; colors of designs include various shades of burgundy-red, dark lavender and purples, colonial blues, ligh-aqua-blue,yellow mustard, pinks and greens (see close-ups).

Motifs: Fields of flowers (chrysanthemums?) rendered in an atypical(non-traditional) way with dominant motif being bamboo leaves (larger than usual); there are also interesting uses of small curlicue shapes, shibori-dot field in yellow(this also is rare) as well as some geometric design fields; Note also a large cursive line down the length (again, this is subtle and not evident at casual glance.) This is one of the most distinct motifs of the early post-war period(1945-1955) we've seen in some time.

Condition: Excellent.
$ 18.00

5574: 1940's Japanese Ladies Chirimen Silk Kimono Fabric by yard