A Sekka Shibori Han Juban: Indigo Dyed Cotton Half Under-Kimono
ca. early to mid twentieth century
28" x 25 1/2", 71 cm x 64.5 cm
This is a cotton han juban, or half under kimono, that has been clamp resist dyed in the itajime shibori method where cloth is folded and clamped to resist dye.
The shibori pattern dyed here is referred to as sekka or snow flower. The indigo is clear and rich in tone, and the overall pattern is very good.
Sekka shibori was often used to pattern undergarments, yukatas, diapers and children's clothing: its widespread application may be due to the fact that it is not one of the more complex and technically challenging forms of shibori.
This piece has been worn and shows an overall patina from wear, but this is not distracting. There is one, slight stain, shown in an accompanying detail photo, on the proper, right front of the garment.
The collar area is layered with a black synthetic silk.