A Cotton Shibori Dyed Jacket: White on Blue
ca. mid twentieth century
sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 42", 106.75 cm
shoulder to shoulder: 18 1/2", 47 cm
shoulder to hem: 24 1/2", 62 cm
This is a very attractive, hand stitched, unlined woman's jacket which is made from indigo dyed shibori cotton. The shibori dyeing was probably done in eastern Japan.
The cotton is of a good weight and the indigo dye is a nice, rich, deep blue color. The shibori is done by tying and is quite spare: what can be seen are white, shibori images of wafting cherry blossom petals and perhaps an indication of stylized pine bark.
The sleeves of the coat are narrow and the construction of the bodice is done in pieces, as can be seen by looking at the attached detail photographs. Note, too, that the side vents on the front, bottom of the jacket are of unfinished cotton.
A really stylish and richly colored hand made garment, showing a very good looking shibori cloth.
In good, worn condition, and not too delicate to wear.