An Indigo Dyed Cotton Shibori Han Juban: Stepped Sleeves
early to mid twentieth century
23" x 46", 58.5 cm x 117 cm
By glancing quickly at the photos of this interesting-looking han juban or half under-kimono you may wonder why it is referred to as being shibori dyed. But look carefully at the accompanying detail photos for the explanation.
The body of the garment is first dyed blue and then over dyed with a shape resisted shibori, the result of which is a field of extremely narrow, vertically oriented lines, most likely the result of expert, tight pleating. Just beautiful--and extremely subtle and lovely.
As is very clear from looking at the photos here the sleeves of this garment are stepped: a small, blue and white plaid cotton and a rich purple cloth compose the sleeves: the color combination with the bodice of the garment mixed with the sleeves is striking.
In good, worn condition, this is a fascinating, home made, entirely hand stitched garment from old Japan, and one that has immediate visual impact--which also can fascinate the eye on a more subtle level if you give it time and thought.