This is a quite rare Houmongi
kimono by Gekka Minagawa, the foremost dyer of the Showa era.
Dynamic waves are dyed with vibrant brush strokes.
It almost looks as if the waves are starting to roll.
Fine Arare 'hails' pattern is dyed on the base, and the pattern has fine embroidery accented in places.
Textile is silk, and it has soft to the touch.
Collar is hiro-eri (unfolded).
There is a signature of Gekka on right front panel.
It has three kamon(family crest) dyed out.
Sleeves have basting stitches.
It has faint wear on collar and both sides of the collar seem slightly discolored, but not too disturbing.
(sorry no photos)
Overall, it is in very good condition and still an amazing Houmongi
Why not add this fabulous Houmongi
to your Kimono collection?
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.