6611:(SOLD)Collectors Item- Torao Moriyama,Japan Nat'l Living Treasure, Kasuri Sampler
Vintage Japanese Textiles:
Collectible: Torao Moriyama Kasuri Sampler
Pair of Samplers, attached, sold as lot
Certified Kurume Kasuri (egasuri)
w/Makers Mark, Original Labels
Width: 14.75 inches / 37.47 cm
Length: 18.5 inches / 46.99 cm
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Note of interest: You can get a full Kurume Kasuri kimono made by Japanese National Living Treasure, Torao Moriyama, for a mere US$18,944 (according to April 24, 2021 currency rate), oh, shipping fees not included. Check it out HERE.
Top Left Corner : Cloth tag sewing 2 pieces together, reads Kurume Kasuri (right to left, pre-war fashion, which leads us to believe this may be from the older Torao, but we can't be sure).
Left Lower Label: Kurume Kasuri, 100% cotton, Association of Kurume Kasuri, Creator: Torao Moriyama, Fukuoka Prefecture, and stamped "Passed".
Central Vertical Label: This is the most important as it certifies Natural Aizome by Torao Moriyama, a registered Japanese living National Treasure (Lit.Cultural Asset).
Right Label: Kurume Kasuri. Association of Kurume Kasuri
Bottom Interwoven Banner: Authentic Aizome(Indigo Dye) Kasuri Moriyama
Fabric Description: This sampler is Kasuri which is technically called 'e-gasuri' (picture-kasuri) as it has figures and designs; the top piece design is of Asa-no-ha (hemp leaf) design, a motif seen in Japanese art and textile art going back to Edo Dynasty, several centuries; The second piece is a combination of open fans (uchiwa) and rice containers (bales?); Colors: background is dark indigo blue with the designs in faint light blue.
Fabric Type: Kasuri(ikat), Light-Medium Weight
This is a Japanese country vintage fabric called kasuri (also called ikat in Southeast Asia; ) ; Kasuri is a labor-intensive process where patterns are made by pre-dyed paste resistance and varying techniques used to create the sorts of patterns seen here. Because of the methods used, authentic kasuri is usually highly expensive. More info on kasuri below:
Cultural Notes on Kasuri (ikat):
Wikipedia.org, on-line encyclopedia, defines Kasuri as: