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"Cross My Heart" Woman's Haori
"Cross My Heart" Woman's Haori

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Dying Dye Technique
Our Price: $75.00
Material: Silk
Length: 34"
Width: 48" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 43" Waist, 44" Hips
Condition: Excellent Vintage

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Product Code: 1217WHN3

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"Cross My Heart" Woman's Haori

This is a vintage Japanese haori jacket.

The dark brown was dyed with a traditional mud-dye technique called oshima or dorozome. The brown was woven with a blue-gray (possibly a very light indigo?) to create a small grid pattern with circles at the intersections and a finely mottled pattern behind the grid.

Oshima silk refers to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown. These days, oshima dyeing is 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.

Dorozome Mud Dye
Ikat Technique

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