A 19th Century Book of Silk Stripe Samples: Hakama Cloth from Niigata
late nineteenth century
when closed: 10" x 7 3/4" X 1 1/2", 25.5 cm x 19.5 cm x 3.75 cm
approximately 375 full swatches, 36 partial swatches
This wonderful volume is a collection of small samples of woven striped silks--about 400 different types--which were intended to be used in making hakama, a pleated, skirt-like garment which is worn by both men and women in Japan. Men's hakama were usually made of striped cloth, and these fancy silks were clearly intended for those of means who could afford such a luxurious fabric.
The silks were said to be made in Niigata and the book dates to the Meiji era (1868 - 1912), although the silks contained within the book may be from the historical era which precedes Meiji, or the Edo period.
The bound book is extremely generous in the number of samples shown, some of which are partially represented as they were cut at some point during this book's active life time.
A treasure trove of traditional stripes from old Japan.