Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1930s to 1940s Arai Hari Used
Silk Fabric Piece
Width: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Length: 48 inches / 121.92 cm
US$15.00 per piece
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1930s-40s silk fabric 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 Type: Fine, soft lightweight silk, translucent; no sheen; designs print on one side; background fabric color is a dark purple with motifs throughout: Piece is full of many classic motifs, including large peonies, imperial flower cart(wheel), decorative cords, backgrounded fans (with variety of shibori-dots, geometrics and flowers), rolls of kimono fabric within decorative cords, fans, and stylized (differently-colored) pine trees/branches; Few very small thin spots/minor holes- only visible up close.
Colors used for the designs are many: mostly lighter pastel shades of light lavenders, light pinks, reds to dark oranges, light moss-green-to-olive greens, and off-whites, cream colors; the overall effect is a softer look with the motif colors being not as highly bright in contrast (compared to more modern kimono fabrics), rather subdued, muted; (Please see close-ups).
NOTE: Lovely, softer fabric is recommended for making scarves or accessories.
Colors: Please use our text color descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric due to differences in contrast and color on different devices.
Condition: Very good for age