A Book of Crepe Silk Color Swatches: Dyer's Sample Book

$185.00 USD

early twentieth century
9" x 7 1/4", 22.8 cm x 18.4 cm

4 pages, 80 swatches

Shown here is a cardboard book of color samples from a traditional Japanese dye works: the colors shown in the book are not botanical and their array and arrangement is super delightful to look at.

The swatches are of chirimen or crepe silk and each swatch is sandwiched between two lightweight carboard sheets, the top one cut out to reveal the various colored swatches.

Of course from decades of handling the book has some surface patina and some ingrained dirt from wear, but overall the book is in good condition.

Really lovely.