A Beautifully Faded Sumizome Hemp or Ramie Kimono: 19th Century

$195.00 USD

mid nineteenth century
shoulder to hem x sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 50" x 49", 127 cm x 124.5 cm

This is a well-worn, finely woven hemp or ramie kimono that shows a wonderful patina from what must have been many years of wear.

Judging from the large size of the five family crests that adorn the front and back of the kimono it seems this one dates to the mid nineteenth century. In the Edo period family crests were shown large; in the Meiji period the size of the crests was smaller and more discreet than the ones on kimono some fifty or so years prior to 1868 or the beginning of the Meiji period.

The grey color of the hemp or ramie cloth can be attributed to dyeing the textile in sumi or ink, a common way to achieve a grey tone. Its is beautifully graphite-likeĀ in the way it appeals to the eye.

As can be seen there are small holes, some disruptions to the even tone of the dye and some other flaws which are consistent with the great age of this piece, none of which mar the visual enjoyment of this subtle yet beautiful old kimono.

Really, really handsome.