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"Bird Lover" Vintage Kimono

"Bird Lover" Vintage Kimono

Taisho Style

Regular price $149.00
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  • Ships from NY
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Sourced from Japan
This listing is for a vintage Japanese kimono from the Fuller Collection (see details of that below).

This kimono features a festive, blooming design that continues high on the kimono - nearly to the waist level - and is filled with flowers, feathers, and more. The main motif is a blue-headed peacock at the front panel, with its beak and head plumage embroidered with silk threads.

There are three birds in total - a second is camouflaged in the peonies and plum blossoms on the right panel (which would be hidden when the kimono is wrapped closed!) and a third sits on the left shoulder.

A delicately embroidered paulownia family crest is embroidered at the neck in gold and green silk threads.

Look closely to see that the silk background actually has several floral motifs woven in silver that catch the light and add another layer of design. (See last two photos.)

Red silk lining for the sleeves and bodice; light pink lining for the skirt portion.

We suspect it was made in the Taisho Period (1912-1926) because of the unique patterning, design placement, dyework and red lining - but it is in such excellent condition that it is hard to believe it would be almost 100 years old.

We do offer hanging rods for displaying kimono - click here to browse the options.

The Fuller Collection – originally over 2000 kimono – was the passion and pride of Richard Fuller of Chicago, IL and Wabasha,MN. Richard served as a US Marine in post-war Japan, and there began his love of and appreciation for vintage Japanese kimono – especially wedding kimono. Richard saw that the mastery and artisanship of traditional Japanese textile techniques was waning – threatening to die out altogether – which sparked his mission to promote this industry and preserve what he could. Click here to read one of his interviews.

Together with his wife Janith, Richard invested in thousands of kimono and obi, opening Wind Whisper West, a kimono gallery in Wabasha, MN in 2003. Most of the collection was sold there, but several hundred pieces remain. Richard passed in 2020, and Janith has consigned the remainder of the collection to Kyoto Kimono to offer through our website. We are honored and proud to be stewarding the Fuller Collection as each piece finds its new home and continues to bring wonder and beauty to admirers around the world.
Length: 58"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 46"
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Material: Silk


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