Short name: Antique Tsumugi silk violet kimono with woven sayagata
Size: A (neck to hem) = 141.5 cm, B (neck to sleeve end) = 61 cm , C (sleeve drop) = 64.5 cm
Pattern/Technique: Woven pattern using ikat style method, threads are dyed before being woven
Antique Tsumugi silk kimono in very good condition, showing some very minor signs of wear, some rubbing in the bottom edge, very subtle stains on the hem area of both sides of the body but overall extremely good condition.
Violet color with woven sayagata in white yellow and bright blue, lined in natural white and green silk. Really gorgeous kimono, lovely feel and a slubby, firm texture.
• Meisen: Meisen silk, generally crisp and supple, is one of the Japanese silks fabricated by weaving pre-dyed threads, utilizing the tie-and-resist ikat technique (ikat is an Indonesian term widely utilized to refer to this technique).
In this process, the threads, silk or cotton, are first stretched on a frame. Selected design areas are tightly bound to prevent the dye from penetrating and the hanks of threads are immersed in the dye pots. The bound portions of the yarns resist the dye and when woven, as a result of the threads not being perfectly aligned, create shapes with charmingly uneven edges.
Other Japanese textiles that are made with variations of this technique are cotton kasuri,omeshisilk and tsumugi silk. (described below).
Meisen silk was a popular fabric for casual kimono from 1910 to 1950, in part because it was more affordable, and in part because the designs, frequently drawing on Western influences, seemed adventurous and innovative. Even today they retain a contemporary sensibility.
• Sayagata: the manji is often found as part of a repeating pattern. One common pattern, called sayagata in Japanese, is made of of interlocking manji, left- and right-facing swastikas joined by lines. As the negative space between the lines has a distinctive shape, the sayagata pattern is sometimes called the “key fret” motif in English.