Man’s kimono
Cotton, silk, wool
Shibori, kasuri

Comprised of seven different materials, this robe, like several other Daily Japanese Textiles, exemplifies the Japanese tradition of recycling cloth. A quick inventory reveals one shibori pattern; three kasuri patterns (two in warp kasuri, one in double, or warp and weft, kasuri), two patterns of warp stripes, each in cotton with contrasting white silk thread, and the collar in a fine woven wool.

Clearly there was more of a ‘story’ when this work was new. There are plovers flying over water, blossoms drifting in the currents, and drying nets on the shore.  It is interesting to conjecture as to the parts that have gone missing with time and repeated use.

Advertisements