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"Chocolate Oshima" Man's Kimono



 
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Smooth and Shiny Silk
Our Price: $119.00
Material: Silk
Length: 53"
Width: 50" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 52" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 1217MKN2


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"Chocolate Oshima" Man's Kimono

This is a man's casual kimono, with its typical small woven design and no family crest.

A very tiny dark brown and white weave resulted in an overall chocolate brown color, with a shine and smoothness that is a feature of oshima silk.

Very dark indigo lining, and a wonderful weight that just feels great to wear.

This silk is called oshima, referring to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown. Sometimes called dorozome, this technique survives 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.

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

Wearing Men's Kimono
Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye

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