A Sekka Shibori Han Juban: Beautiful
early to mid twentieth century
26" x 25", 66 cm x 62.5 cm
This beauty is a hand stitched, indigo dyed cotton han juban or half-under kimono.
It is dyed in the itajime shibori method and shows a repeat pattern of small-sized, nicely spaced and absolutely charming indigo sekka or snow flowers on a white ground.
The garment is of a type that would have been worn under a kimono in old Japan--and often we see han juban dyed in the itajime method showing sekka or snow flowers in wide variation.
The cotton on this garment is soft and pliant. Most likely this han juban would have had sleeves--it was custom to remove and replace the sleeves of a garment over its lifetime which is why it makes sense that the sleeves to this on are missing.
A beautiful, shibori dyed garment in a wonderful pattern with good color.