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"Dragonfly" Man's Haori
"Dragonfly" Man's Haori


 
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Our Price: $69.00
Material: Silk
Length: 38"
Width: 51" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 45" Waist, 47" Hips
Condition: Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1217MHN1


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"Dragonfly" Man's Haori

A very vintage man's silk haori jacket - blemishes on the outer silk (see photos), so best for wearing or displaying with the lining side out.

The gray/blue and brown lining features a scattering of large medallions and ovals that may represent sword hilts or fine ironwork. Inside the ovals, see if you can find the dragonflies!

The outer silk is called oshima silk, referring to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown. This is done on only a few islands in the southern part of Japan. This mud is said to strengthen the threads so the kimono will last a long time. See the video below on this dyeing technique.

Ikat (also called kasuri) is a centuries-old method of weaving where the threads are dyed before being woven, so that the design appears on the loom. Ikat is a very labor-intensive textile art form, still very much revered in Japan and elsewhere. See the amazing process in the video below.

We display these men's haori inside out to reveal the lining - normally hidden from public view when worn, and only visible if glimpsed as it was taken off or hung up. All of the stitching is hidden, so these jackets can normally be displayed or worn (in the West, at least) either way.

Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye

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