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"Stained Glass" Japanique Tunic Vest
vintage Japanese kimono tunic vest

Alternative Views:

Reverse Batik
Our Price: $49.00
Sale Price: $39.00
Material: Silk
Length: 30"
Width: 44"

Quantity in Stock:1
Product Code: 0920VEST15

This one is a graphic beauty. We see an abstract stained glass window patterning - many different geometric shapes seem to have been drawn by hand. But how was it created? We wonder if it's a "reverse batik" technique, where the lighter (cream) areas were covered with a resist paste (or wax), allowing the thinner lined pattern to be dyed into those lovely browns.

This Japanique Tunic Vest brings the styling of a kimono jacket into contemporary fashion! We simply removed the sleeves of a traditional haori (kimono jacket). The deep armholes allow for great ease of movement and the extra fabric at the shoulder creates almost a cap sleeve. It's a simple, versatile vest to throw on over jeans or to add pattern and style to solid colors underneath.

Like the haori it started as, the tunic vest is not meant to cross over but should be worn open to reveal a bit of what is worn underneath. If you're looking to add a traditional touch, we do offer the woven ties - called haori himo - that can be hooked into the little fabric loops that you'll find on at the mid-front of the vest. They are sold separately (add a himo pair ($5) option above) and we'll select one that goes with this tunic vest. (If you'd like to choose your own, we have several fancy ones listed here.)

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