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Length

Length

  • Place of origin:

    Kyoto (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1920-1940 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polychrome figured silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hazel Greig-Midlane

  • Museum number:

    FE.326-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Nishijin, the textile weaving area of Kyoto, has been famed for its production of luxury polychrome figured silks since the sixteenth century. This highly decorative twentieth century example, with its pattern of peacocks, chysanthemums, peonies, plum blossoms and bamboo in shades of pinks and reds, with gold and green, would have been woven to use as an obi, the sash that secures a kimono.

Physical description

Length of fabic, woven for an obi (the sash that secures a kimono). Polychrome figured silk with a pattern of peacocks, chysanthemums, peonies, plum blossoms and bamboo in shades of pinks and reds, with gold and green.

Place of Origin

Kyoto (probably, made)

Date

1920-1940 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Polychrome figured silk

Marks and inscriptions

The cardboard roller and a paper label attached to the length bear the number 63.

Dimensions

Length: 394 cm, Width: 68.5 cm

Object history note

This length originally belonged to Mrs Dorothy Salmon, whose husband Frederick Salmon worked for Tate and Lyle. The donor of the object's brother-in-law had been adopted by Mrs Salmon's sister. The donor was given the length when helping her brother-in-law clear Mrs Salmon's flat after her death and has a memory of it being associated with other objects that had been bought from Liberty's. This is the kind of highly decorative fabric that is likely to have been imported from Japan by the famous Regent Street store.

Descriptive line

Length of polychrome figured silk fabric woven for an obi, Japan, early Showa period, 1920-1940.

Production Note

Made in Japan, probably in Kyoto

Materials

Silk (textile)

Techniques

Woven

Subjects depicted

Chrysanthemums; Flower (plum); Peonies; Peacocks; Bamboo

Categories

Textiles

Collection

East Asia Collection

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