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"Brushstroke Bamboo" Vintage Kimono

"Brushstroke Bamboo" Vintage Kimono

Lovely Colors

Regular price $75.00
Regular price $99.00 Sale price $75.00
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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 is a dusty lavender with pink and white accent colors. The pattern of long, thin bamboo shots with bamboo leaves floating here and there conveys a very calming, mellow feeling. The silk has a slight crepe texture.

Look closely to see how the design was created : a wide brush painted the white bamboo stalks with a rice paste resist, then the silk was dyed pink. Then another layer of resist was painted to create the pink bamboo to preserve that color when the silk was then dyed purple. Removing the resist paste reveals the two different colors of the bamboo design. So much work, excellently done.

If this is purchased for display, we do offer simple display rods - click here to browse the selection.

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: 59"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 45"
Made In (Estimated): 1960s
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Batik
Colors: Purple, Pink
Motifs: Brushstrokes


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