This is an eye-catching vintage Kurotomesode
with vibrant cranes flying over colorful waves pattern, which is dyed elaborately by Minagawa Gekka.
The pattern continues to Hakkake 'lower lining'.
Textile is silk, and it has soft to the touch.
Collar is bachi-eri(folded collar).
Hiyoku (additional layer) is not attached.
Bottom is lightly padded.
It has five kamon(family crest) dyed out.
There is a signature of Minagawa Gekka on right front panel.
It is rather prominently discolored throughout.
There are stains on left front panel and sleeves. (A)
It has some other flaws, such as snags, as shown on photos.
Please see photos for details.
Due to its old age, it has some flaws, but it is a very impressive and rare piece by Minagawa Gekka.
He is the foremost dyer of the Showa era.
He was born in Kyoto in 1892, and learned Yuzen
dying from Suisen Yasuda and Japanese-style painting from Kako Tsuji.
While working on a study of natural dye and the ancient dyeing, he established a technique which adopted pictorialism to yuzen.
He worked active as a pioneer of the artistic dying world.
He produced tapestries and many other decorations of the Yamahoko floats of the Gion Festival
for many years.
He passed away at the age of 94 in 1987.
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