A Katazome Dyed Han Juban: Taisho Era

$95.00 USD

ca. early twentieth century
29" x 50", 73.5 cm x 127 cm

This waist-length garment is called a han juban which is a half-under-kimono.  The bodice of this garment is hand stitched from indigo dyed cotton which was hand dyed in the stencil resist method called katazome, the repeat pattern being a mid-sized and graphic one.

The sleeves of this han juban are quite different than the bodice.  The are made of a light weight,commercially produced wool which is imprinted with the image of large, shiny, metal coins, inside which are symbols of prosperity, such as a money bag.  Most likely the cloth used for these sleeves was repurposed from a child's kimono.

The cotton is hand woven, the indigo dyeing nicely done--there are some smudges of indigo from the dyeing process, but overall, this handsome garment is made of very good looking cloth, the result being a traditional undergarment which carries with it a bit of history from old Japan.

A Katazome Dyed Han Juban: Taisho Era