An exceptional chirimen silk dounuki featuring bold shibori patterning and embroidery bamboo motifs. Very good condition, with light pervasive staining on the inner white silk lining. 48" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 59" height. The dounuki is a specific style of inner kimono of a kimono set, characterized by sleeves and hem sections that are stitched to a main bodice body of contrasting material and pattern-work. The sleeves and bodice of this kimono have large lozenge motifs separated by smaller pebble-like ones, all accomplished in a sophisticated shibori (tie) due technique. The lozenge motif has been used by the Japanese for about fifteen hundred years, and for much of that time, was a motif favored by the aristocracy and military. The hem area is of chirimen silk, with embroidered bamboo motifs at each corner.