dripping glaze, weeping cherry meisen   back  Daily Japanese Textile IMG_4371

Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

The bright waves of color that undulate across this kimono are generally referred to as ‘tsubotare’ (literally ‘pot drip’), after the uneven patterns made by glaze as it rolls down the sides of a pot. In real pots, the lines are often long and narrow, while in drawings and paintings pottery glaze is often represented in even, gentle waves, such as those seen here, that form a wide ring around the neck and shoulders of the pot.

dripping glaze, weeping cherry meisen   back detail  Daily Japanese Textile IMG_4380

The contrasting long thin vertical lines in the kimono appear to be branches of a weeping cherry tree. It is possible that the designer who paired these two motifs was indulging in a bit of word play since weeping cherry is taresakura in Japanese, and uses the same ‘tare’ (drip, droop, hang, dangle, etc.) as in tsubotare.

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Below, an example of tsubotare in pottery by Tsujimura Shiro.

Tsujimura Shiro glazed pottery