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"Golden Paper Peonies" Woman's Kimono



 
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Our Price: $109.00
Material: Silk
Length: 56"
Width: 48" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 51" Waist/Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 0617WKAY85


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"Golden Paper Peonies" Woman's Kimono

This is a vintage Japanese semi-formal woman's kimono.

Classic color combination of red and black making an arabesque dotted floral design behind a screen of thousands of tiny white dots. Larger, white-tipped gold paper peonies, along with red ones, float all along. Some are shaded in red and cream and outlined in gold leaf (see video below on this technique).

Semi formal - slightly longer sleeves than a casual kimono. The bright red sleeve lining suggests that it is from the Taisho Period (1920s).

The Banker's Collection: The Banker was a successful American executive who worked internationally – in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia – appreciating the local cultures but drawn to traditional textiles. One day, while working in Indonesia, he was surprised to find an unusual Japanese kimono displayed in a showroom of a local textile producer – it incorporated design elements drawn from Indonesia’s batik traditions but was made for the Japanese market. It was in that shop, discussing the kimono with the shop owner, that he became – in his heart – a collector of kimono. On his next trip to Japan, he visited museums, shopped at local markets, and sought out source books on kimono. And when his career took him to Japan for work, kimono was the vehicle he used as his entry into studying Japanese culture. The Banker – who later became a teacher in Japan – purchased his collection over many years of work and travel, as his appreciation for Japanese textiles deepened along with his admiration of Japanese culture. He is happy to work with Kyoto Kimono to offer his collection to a clientele who can appreciate the value of each piece as much as he does.
Gold leaf on kimono

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