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Early Showa (1926-1940)
A striking shibori on rinzu silk kimono. 49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 57" height. The pattern-work on this kimono is quite abstract and experimental, reflecting the urge of the better Japanese artists during the 1920's and 30's to try new things. The Japanese economy and Empire was growing rapidly, and confidence was strong. Thus this kimono can be placed as an example of the renaissance in kimonos and art in general during this special period in Japanese history. It is worthy of note that the artist who designed this kimono could have merely have it stenciled in the patterns; instead shibori (tie-die) was chosen -- a much more laborious, time-consuming and exacting process. What shibori gave was the special puckered texture so loved by the Japanese. The color selection is superb: two shades of large yellow shibori dots - note for example the difference on the sleeves - as well as two shades of purple.
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