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"Oshima Hearts" Woman's Michiyuki
"Oshima Hearts" Woman's Michiyuki

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Ikat with Blue
Our Price: $60.00
Material: Silk
Length: 31"
Width: 50" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 48" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 1217WMN1

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"Oshima Hearts" Woman's Michiyuki

This is a vintage Japanese michiyuki jacket.

The dark brown color comes from the oshima mud dye process. Also called dorozome, oshima silk refers to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown - a technique that is sadly only practiced on a few islands in the southern part of Japan. See the video below on this dyeing technique.

There is a bit of blue in the design, which could be a very light indigo dye.

The ikat design includes little hearts and circles in what looks like a cross-stitch pattern! 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.

Very soft silk - comfy to wear. This jacket style - the michiyuki - is meant to be worn over the kimono (which showed at the neck) on chilly days. Michi meants "street" and yuki refers to "going out". There's a secret pocket in the front seam for your mad money or bus ticket...

Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye

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