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"Oshima Darling" Woman's Kimono
"Oshima Darling" Woman's Kimono

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Ikat Floral
Our Price: $99.00
Material: Silk
Length: 54"
Width: 49" Wrist to Wrist
Body: 52" Waist/Hips (includes overlap)
Condition: Excellent Vintage

Quantity in Stock:1
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Product Code: 1217WKN6

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"Oshima Darling" Woman's Kimono

This is a woman's vintage casual kimono.

The dark brown background was mud-dyed with the oshima - sometimes called dorozome - process. Oshima refere to the iron-rich mud used to dye the threads brown and is said to strengthen the fiber so that the kimono lasts a long time. Sadly, this is done now only on a few islands in the southern part of Japan.

Soft silk - comfy to wear.

The dense design includes florals, diamonds, and many other elements and was created with a very complicated ikat 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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