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A Rustic Okkochizome Shibori Kimono: Heavy Striped Cotton

Written on September 5, 2013

KyushuShibori01Since I acquired this kimono a few years ago I’ve loved it.  It’s a dip-dyed or okkochizome shibori garment which is made of heavy, hand loomed, striped cotton and it was made in Kyushu.

KyushuShibori01aThe indigo is deep, velvety and warm in color.  The shibori is stitched, and the images are raw, bold and rustic–most of their meanings I am unable to decipher.

KyushuShibori01bWhat’s interesting is that the cotton is of such a heavy weight which is unusual for this type of garment; the weight is almost like a very light weight cotton canvas.

KyushuShibori01cI love that the images are so large in relation to the garment.  For example, the flower shown above measures 11 1/2″ in diameter.

KyushuShibori01dThe kimono itself measures 53″ x 50″ or 134.5 cm x 127 cm.  It was probably made in the second quarter of the twentieth century.


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  1. Comment by Claudia:

    That is indeed a wonderful piece and so different. Yes the motifs are large but don’t they look terrific. Thank you for your great close-ups as usual. I love the feathery edges from the dye ,also.

    from Claudia

    September 11, 2013 @ 4:32 am

  2. Comment by AnnaB:

    wow – to have the patience to make these incredible patterns.

    September 11, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

  3. Comment by velma:

    this piece is a WOW! one. very powerful. maybe a bit of humor tied in?

    September 15, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  4. Comment by Romayne Cox:

    It is a WOW piece. What function does the machine with the wheel perform???

    September 29, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  5. Comment by Stephen:

    I’m glad you like this piece, Romayne. The wheel is an old spinning wheel used for reeling thread or yarn; it’s from the north east area of Japan and it dates to the 19th century.

    September 30, 2013 @ 7:57 am