A Gorgeous Cotton Kasuri Han Juban: Random Large Repeat
ca. early to mid twentieth century
21 1/2" x 27", 54.5 cm x 68.5 cm
This is an indigo dyed, cotton, han juban or half under-kimono, that is dyed using the kasuri or ikat method.
The ikat pattern on this garment is large scale and seemingly random: the breadth of the faint, linear pattern of intersecting lines is lovely and impressive, as is its meandering, no-real-repeat quality: these two qualities are as curious as they are beautiful.
The han juban seems not to have been worn and is in very fine shape. The back, bottom area is slightly creased from having been stored for decades; a quick pressing here did not eliminate the creases, but hopefully, in time, they will disappear.
This is a simply gorgeous (read that literally) hand woven garment, and is very sophisticated in its woven pattern, in its rich color, and in its fine condition.