6629: 1930s-50s Japanese Kimono Silk Fabric Piece 53" Abstract

6629: 1940s Japanese Silk, close1

Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1940's-50s  Silk Fabric Piece

Width: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Length: 53 inches / 134.62 cm

Catalog# 6629:

US$15.00 per piece

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Fabric History/Pedigree: Pieces received from traditional Japanese kimono cleaner/reconstructor called Arai-Hari -- see an excellent explanation of traditional Arai Hari by textile expert John Marshall,by click-pushing HERE.

Fabric Description: Lightweight fine silk originally intended to make a woman's kimono; This is a  1940s -1950s fabric piece in dark navy-blue background color with designs which have us stumped as to what to call them; they are off-white jig-saw puzzle-like line-figures that have light pinks and light mustards accents that are scarcely visible (see our last close-up image); designs are on one side, but as the fabric is thin, most of the designs can be seen on the reverse. If you can identify this design, by all means, please let us know (Use message tab at bottom of most pages, depending on the device).
Cultural Background:

One explanation of such an apparently abstract design for Japanese kimono fabric -- motifs that are fairly non-Japanese in sensibility -- stems from immediate post-war (World War II)1945-1955 Japan: Sometimes we see pieces from this period (1945 to 1955) when Japanese artists and designers felt free to be experimental ("let loose?"), often borrowing from Western abstract art or French Impressionism even in traditional Japanese motifs.
The explanation we have heard from scholars is that during World War II in Japan the creative arts (including making kimonos) artists felt repressed, due to Imperialistic governance at the time, which heavily controlled the citizenry. Some say that during the immediate years after losing the war when Japan was devastated, and poverty was endemic, that artists and designers felt free to let their creativity soar -- thus we see things like this being used to make a 'traditional' kimono. But this is just our humble opinion. :)  

Note on colors: As all devices have different colorations and contrast, please use our text descriptions of colors to complement your sense of the color of the fabric.

Condition: Excellent
$ 15.00

6629: 1930s-50s Japanese Kimono Silk Fabric Piece 53" Abstract