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"Cormorant Fishing" Vintage Tomesode

"Cormorant Fishing" Vintage Tomesode


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

This listing is for a vintage, formal, Japanese kimono called a tomesode (sometimes called kurosode or "Mother of the Bride" kimono), which are typically reserved for very formal occasions, such as weddings or performances. There are always at least three - but usually five - family crests on the upper section (one at the neck, one on the back of each sleeve, and one on each side of the collar) and an elegant design that stretches across the entire hemline, with more of the image in the front, where it would be seen best.

This tomesode features a colorful river scene of cormorant fishing - once a very common practice in Japan. These days, it is done for tourists in Arashiyama (just west of Kyoto) on the Oigawa River. (Click here to view a video that explains the process.) Cormorants, with a rope tied around their necks, fish alongside the boat (but the ropes keep them from swallowing the fish). The fire and plume of smoke from the back of the boat suggests nighttime fishing. Two other boats contain travellers and oarsmen navigating through the rough water.

The colors are rich, the detailing on each figure and face, and the blue shading in the waves of the river are so well done. There was once gold flecks on the water which have since rubbed off, which left some shadowing on the lighter areas of the water - but otherwise it is in excellent condition.

The family crest is of two crossed hawk feathers.

Length: 62"
Width: 50"
Body/Hips: 45"
Made In (Estimated): 1950s
Condition: Very Good Vintage
Fiber: Silk
Technique: Yuzen, Brush Painted, Embroidery
Colors: Black, Multi
Motifs: Fishing, Birds, Scenery


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