Written on March 12, 2012
I’ve had this indigo dyed cotton shibori han juban for a few years. I bought it for its wonderful, hand spun cotton yarns and its beautiful shibori pattern. Only recently, though, did I turn it inside-out, only to realize that I like the “inside” better than the “outside.”As you can see from these photos, the inside of the han juban or half under-kimono, shows a centrally placed, undyed, hand spun and hand woven cotton panel which reinforces the back of the piece, shown here. Very nice cotton indeed. And flanking it are two patches, one pinkish and one white. It’s amazing how perfectly placed these patches are: the visual allure is uncanny and unintended.Very nice shibori, too.This lovely piece probably dates to the late nineteenth century or so, and like many other Japanese folk textiles, is full of surprises once you start really looking.