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"Geometric Oshima" Woman's Kimono
"Geometric Oshima" Woman's Kimono

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Our Price: $99.00
Material: Silk
Length: 59"
Width: 49" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 52" Waist/Hips (includes overlap)
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1217WKG5

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"Geometric Oshima" 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 design of diamonds and crossed arranged in a grid pattern was woven with the ikat technique. Subtle, but delicately done with a painstaking process.

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.

Dorozome Mud Dye
Ikat Technique

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