sodenashi shibori safflower dyed - back - Daily Japanese Textile IMG_1732

Sodenashi hanjuban (sleeveless half length underkimono)
Cotton (homespun), chirimen and tsumugi silk
Shibori, kata yuzen, damask weave

This hanjuban is composed of several high quality remnants.

sodenashi shibori safflower dyed - front - Daily Japanese Textile IMG_1738

The main body is dyed with safflower and decorated in shibori. Safflower bonds easily with silk, and creates the warm red with undertones of yellow that the Japanese were so fond of. Cotton dyed with safflower generally achieves a shade of pink, such as that seen here.

sodenashi shibori safflower dyed - fiber close up - Daily Japanese Textile IMG_1743

The very soft purple material at the hips appears to be silk, but on closer inspection turns out to be figured cotton. The very smooth nature of silk makes it more suited to damask weave. Figured cotton is unusual.

sodenashi shibori safflower dyed - figured cotton - Daily Japanese Textile IMG_1750

The highly stylized chrysanthemum below looks as though it might date to the first two decades of the twentieth century.

sodenashi shibori safflower dyed - fiber close up - Daily Japanese Textile IMG_1756

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