This is a charming vintage juban(undergarment) with lovely design. It is made with two kind of textiles.
Both textile is soft plain silk and has soft touch. Textile for the shoulder part has charming flower and butterfly pattern and other part has lovely hollyhock pattern. They are dyed with itajime technique.
Unfortunately the wear is a little disturbing but lapel which has woven pattern of smallume blossom is also sweet.
As photo D shows, it has repaird marl on the left front and has rather prominent stains (photo H) The wear on the lapel is strong(photo A) and patinas can be seen (photo C) Please check details with photos and the figure.
We can't say it is in very good condition, but still charming piece for its wonderful design. It must be an excellent handicraft material
*'Ita-jime' is the also called 'Kyoukechi'. 'Ita' means 'wood board', and 'jime' means 'sandwich and tighten'. Two wood boards have pattern, which are carved. Textile is sandwiched between two boards, and dyestuff is poured the through the hole of the board.So the carved part is dyed with pigment. Textile can be folded and
dyed, so the large part can be dyed at once. This technique is very old, and had been done from Nara era (717-784). Later this technique was often done on the juban. We sometimes find beautiful red itajime dyeing in the juban from Meiji period. (or early Showa period)
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