An Undone, Asa Kimono Formed as a Bolt: Stitched Together
early twentieth century
10 yards, 10" x 13 1/4", 9.4 m x 33.5 cm
This is an interesting old textile from Japan.
It is a bolt of hand loomed hemp or ramie cloth that was once sewn up as a kimono, but that has been taken apart and re-assembled as a bolt.
In Japan, good kimono are disassembled before they are cleaned, and, when they are ready to go, they are re-stitched.
It is interesting why this, being an "everyday" kimono, was taken apart as it was, but it makes sense from the standpoint of re-use: were it to be refashioned into, say, a futon cover or zabuton, it is much easier to do so when it is re-formed as a bolt.
It is a good deal of very handsome old asa cloth, and looking at the white threads used for stitching, it is plain to see the component parts of the former kimono.
A marvelous bolt of cloth from old Japan, and one with a fascinating story to tell.