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Yukata (informal summer kimono)
Cotton
Ro weave; hand stenciled by Living National Treasure Yasutaka Komiya

This yukata, made around 1990, is the work of Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuho) Yasutaka Komiya, one of the few remaining masters of the art of Edo komon.

The stencil, of carp ascending a stream, is an Edo period design, printed on airy open ro weave cotton.

The Katsushika Traditional Crafts Association made a video of Mr. Komiya at work, below. The nine minute video is in Japanese, but from approximately the three minute point you can see Mr. Komiya prepare the rice paste resist in his workshop in Tokyo, lay out a roll of cloth, then apply the paste resist to the cloth through an Edo komon stencil.

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