"Cobalt Blue Formal" Woman's Kimono
Gorgeous deep blue color with a softly painted hemline design of florals and pagodas...lots of gold leaf. Very desirable.
The bright red sleeve lining suggests that it is from the Taisho Period (1920s).
Silk with five family crests on the upper section (one at the neck, one on the back of each sleeve, one on each side of the collar) confirms it is the highest level of formality for a kimono. The design stretches across the hemline with more image in the front, where it would be seen best, but continues across to the back.
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