Fine Elegant Rare Antique Japanese Silk Kimono blk+gold
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This colorful and magnificently hand-painted kimono is hand-embroidered with gold threads and hand-sewn silk. It belonged to my mother. The kimono was hand-painted using the rice paste resist method of painting on silk. The process required each color be applied separately while others were painted out with rice paste. This technique required a great amount of skill and was labor intensive.
The kimono was originally owned by a woman of considerable wealth who lived in Kyoto. The family crest appears five times on the shoulders and back of the garment and was worn for very formal occasions. The Crest is of the Wood Sorrel plant, "Katabami", with design based on the trifoliate clover-like leaf rather than the flower. In early Japanese history the Wood Sorrell plant was used as a medicinal salve, and also to polish bronze mirrors. Images portrayed on this kimono include:
1. Pine trees, "Matsu" - Symbolizes long life
2. Carriage and carriage wheel "Genji-guruma" - An idealized image of elegant... read more