5823: SOLD 1950's Japanese Silk Kimono Piece,Kinsha, Dollmakers

5823 1950's Japanese Kinsha Silk, extra close-up

Catalog# 5823 SOLD
1960's Japanese Silk Kimono
52" Piece
Special Kinsha
(from Arai Hari*)

Width: 14 inches / 35.56 cm

Length: 52 Inches /  132.08 cm


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Item Details and Description

Fabric History/Pedigree: 1950's pieces derived from traditional Japanese kimono cleaner  called *Arai-Hari -- see an excellent explanation of traditional Arai Hari by textile expert John Marshall,by click-pushing HERE

Fabric Description: Japanese vintage silk kimono fabric probably intended for use in making woman's under-kimono (nagajuban).

Fabric Type: Fine, lightweight silk called kinsha,  with designs throughout of tiny flowers and open fans filling fabric; intended for use on one side, see closeups.

Colors: Background is soft white; Designs (flowers and decorated open Japanese fans) are mostly dark reds, with pinks; also light grays, light lavender and light mustard tones;  (see close-ups)

Motifs: Designs are of mostly plum blossoms and tiny open fans which themselves have designs within them (bamboo leaves, flowers, clouds, etc.); all motifs average 1/2 inch / 12.7 mm in diameter/length (small motifs good for doll makers and small projects); Fabric has nice drape and slight sheen. This type of older Kinsha is highly prized among Japanese vintage fabric aficionados.

Cultural Background: For an excellent explanation of the type fans used in these fabric designs, as well as some detailed history of their use in artistic ways throughout Japanese history, please see:

 Condition: Excellent.

Recommended for making a scarf, doll makers & clothing accessory, 

    $ 15.00

    5823: SOLD 1950's Japanese Silk Kimono Piece,Kinsha, Dollmakers