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"Tale of Genji" Vintage Kimono

"Tale of Genji" Vintage Kimono

Painted Figures

Regular price $249.00
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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 beauty. A soft pink (with a purple cast) background silk with a seigaiha (overlapping wave or coin) pattern is lovely enough. But painted on top of that is a series of Edo Period figures representing characters from the world's first novel: The Tale of Genji. Courtesans with long black trusses, nestled in layers of kimono gaze shyly over their sleeves; one princely figure gazes back while another reads from a love letter. Each is painted by hand with delicately drawn faces - masterful artwork.

Subtle gold leaf accents create a hillside effect on the left shoulder.

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: 62"
Width: 51"
Body/Hips: 44"
Condition: Excellent Vintage
Material: Silk


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