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Gorgeous Cloth from Tsushima

Written on May 19, 2011

Tsushima is a remote island group located off the coast of Kyushu–a mere 50 km from Busan, South Korea.  The rural life in this far-flung area of Japan is discussed in detail in the book The Forgotten Japanese: Encounters with Rural Life and Folklore.The classic garment of Tsushima is the marvelously understated, unlined kimono of the type shown here: it is a hemp/cotton combination.  Above you can see the warp yarns are indigo dyed cotton as well as hemp.I love this cloth.  The hand is heavy, the texture is rough but the surface is beautifully supple.And the color is just beautifully earthy, rich and slightly variegated.

From a distance the color of this cloth has a muddy grey or drab appearance.  As you approach the surface of the kimono, the subtle colors and stripes of the cloth start revealing themselves.This garment probably dates to the late nineteenth, early twentieth century.

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  1. Comment by velma:

    i love the complexity of this simple cloth!

    May 21, 2011 @ 11:09 am

  2. Comment by Charles Maguro:

    Je lurve!

    May 22, 2011 @ 9:10 am