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[In Japanese] Kijaku kire honcho - Cut fabric samples for kimonos
Japan: n.d., c.1900. Landscape quarto (205 × 305 mm). Japanese four-hole stab-stitched binding, original card wraps with mounted leather corners, calligraphic kanji title to front panel. Nearly 600 variously-sized swatches of woven and painted colour silk samples mounted on 100 leaves of thickish, textured paper The covers somewhat rubbed and creased, leather corners dry and scuffed, some samples with minor staining from the mounting paste, and with some fraying at the edges, but overall very good. Remarkable salesman's sample catalogue for painted and woven silks for Japanese kimonos during the late Meiji period. The date range that is suggested by the style of binding, and the types of textiles sampled would be in the last decade of so of the nineteenth century. The samples themselves are not uniform in shape or size, having the appearance rather of being scraps from the cutting floor, typical practice in the equivalent catalogues in the West during the late Victorian era. This would appear to be the sample-book for the purple-lavender-blue section of the textile spectrum. The selection of samples show a range of weaving and dying techniques, some show Katagami Kimono textile stencil art, in which the patterns have been created by rice paste pressed through heavy oiled stencils onto the silk before dying, these often being darker coloured patterns typical for summer yukata kimonos; some are more typical of the roketsuzome batik-style process; a range of motifs drawn from the natural world predominate, chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, ferns and dragonflies; many examples show light brocading. In itself an intriguing object, that also offers glimpses into Japanese styles at the turn of the twentieth century.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
Last Found On: 2015-02-19           Check availability:      Biblio    

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