Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Using kimono remnants - part two
Here are some more examples from my collection of how kimono remnants have been traditionally re-used in Japan. The first two photos are patchwork juban undergarments. The juban is worn under the kimono with a changeable collar (han-eri) which peeks out at the neck of the kimono. The first one here is a 19th century half-length 'hanjuban'. While the sleeves are a quite sturdy printed cotton the body of the garment is made up of delicate strips of plain coloured kimono lining silk and fragments of printed chirimen and other kimono silks. It reminds me that necessity and simplicity often create the most striking designs - it's one of my favourite pieces.