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"Oshima Basket" Woman's Kimono
"Oshima Basket" Woman's Kimono

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Dying Dye Technique
Our Price: $99.00
Material: Silk
Length: 59"
Width: 50" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 54" Waist/Hips (includes overlap)
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1217WKG4

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"Oshima Basket" Woman's Kimono

This is a woman's vintage casual kimono.

The dark brown background was created with a traditional mud-dye technique called oshima or dorozome. Oshima refers to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown and is said to strengthen the fibers so the kimono will last a long time. This technique, unfortunately, is now done only on a few islands in the southern part of Japan.

The dark brown and cream were woven into a large basketweave design made with thousands of tiny ikat crosses. It's a smooth, shiny silk - a dream to wear!

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.

Ikat Technique
Dorozome Mud Dye

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