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"Oshima Sheen" Man's Kimono



 
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Indigo Lining
Our Price: $119.00
Material: Silk
Length: 51"
Width: 50" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 52" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 1217MKN1


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"Oshima Sheen" Man's Kimono

This is a man's casual kimono, which typically are a single dark color or have a small woven design and no family crest.

The fabric is a rich oshima silk - but the dark, mud-dyed brown was woven with a bright gray, which gives the kimono a lighter overall coloring. See the close up photos to appreciate the fine weaving of the two colors.

Dark indigo silk lining. The outer silk is smooth, shiny, and crisp.

The outer silk is called oshima, referring to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown. Sometimes called dorozome, this process is now done only on 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.

See the video below for details on how to traditionally dress in men's kimono.

Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye
Men's Kimono

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