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"Long, Lovely Oshima" Woman's Haori
"Long, Lovely Oshima" Woman's Haori


 
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Our Price: $75.00
Material: Silk
Length: 36"
Width: 49" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 42" Waist, 44" Hips
Condition: Very Good Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1217WHN2


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"Long, Lovely Oshima" Woman's Haori

This is a vintage Japanese haori jacket.

The dark brown colors comes from a mud dye process called oshima (see below).

The brown and cream threads combine to create a geometric design of diamonds and circles - done with a double ikat weaving technique.

A subtle blemish on the front shoulder which does not detract from its wearability.

Oshima silk refers to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown. Unfortunately, this technique 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.

Haori do not cross over or tie with a sash, like a kimono does - they are meant to be worn open to reveal a bit of what is worn beneath.

Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye

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