Vintage Japanese Textiles:
1960s Arai-Hari Used
Silk Kimono Fabric Piece
Komon, Small-Scale Motifs: Flowers, butterflies, etc.)
Width: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm
Length: 59 inches / 149.86 cm
US$18.00 per piece
Fabric History/Pedigree: 1960s kimono 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: Delicate, lightweight, translucent silk; textured but not quite chirimen (crepe); designs on one side only, but partially seen on reverse; the background is a soft-white color but fabric is filled with traditional designs of small-scale flowers, cherry blossoms, and leaves; and pine branches throughout (smallest 3/8 inch / 9.53 mm, largest are 1 inch / 2.54 cm tall ); colors of designs are muted tones of all of these: pink, lavender, and green -- the latter shades into and mixed with different shades of blue; There is, however, very thin interwoven silver threads in large designs(only visible on back), so the fabric does have a sheen and glitter, depending on angle of view; Also, the entire fabric is filled with swirls of very tiny pixels that fill the fabric; gradations between the colors is also very subtle and includes arcs and waves; Soft and some drape;
This is a complex piece and rather modern in our eyes (Please see close-ups).
Colors: Please consider our text descriptions to complement your sense of the fabric, as colors and contrast differ on different devices.
Condition: Excellent for age; a few pinholes from Arai-Hari process.