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"Amazing Art" Vintage Japanese Kakeshita

"Amazing Art" Vintage Japanese Kakeshita


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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan

This listing is for a vintage Japanese wedding kimono (kakeshita - a kimono layer under the uchikake). Kakeshita are belted with a formal obi and worn underneath an uchikake wedding kimono, but they are no less sophisticated and elegant. Kakashita are typically lighter weight, with a lighter padding at the hem, a yuzen-dyed rather than woven fabric, and patterning that may have a "less patterned" area at the waist where the obi would be tied.

This vintage beauty is a stunning example of this style of kimono that was popular in the 1940s and 1950s. I've seen many wedding photos from that timeframe and the brides are often wearing a similar patterning.

Red, gold, white and black combine in a heavily layered collage of auspicious elements.  Large white cranes, of course, are typical of wedding designs since cranes mate for life. Beyond that, you'll find bamboo, mums, flowing water, pine, and so much more. There are also "mid-century modern" abstract elements, include little silver and gold confetti squares.

The beaks of the cranes are embroidered with gold that once shone brightly. The pattern was created with the yuzen technique - a complicated stencil and brush-painted process that calls on dozens of skilled artisans to create. Gold leaf edging to some of the elements adds even more interest and value. See the videos below for more on yuzen, embroidery, and wearing/displaying wedding kimono.

If you plan to hang this kimono, we do offer wooden display rods in four colors - see tab at right. If you plan to wear this kimono and need a traditional obi, browse our Fukuro Obi for Sale page.

Length: 63"
Width: 48"
Body/Hips: 39"
Made In (Estimated): 1950s
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Yuzen, Couching
Colors: Red, Gold, White, Black
Motifs: Floral


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