Friday, May 6, 2011

In store - chirimen and more

At the moment I'm ironing up some very lovely old fabrics for the shop, including these old chirimen silk crepe kimono and juban (undergarment) pieces  from late 19th - early 20th century:

I'll also be making up a few packs of chirimen fragments like this remnant from a girls' kimono:

The next piece is from a Taisho period (1912-26) girl's kimono:

Here are a couple of other kimono fabrics from early - mid 20th century that I particulary like. The first one is a komon ('small pattern' stencil resist) water pattern on an open 'ro' weave summer kimono silk:

And some lovely old plum blossoms in striking pinks:

Lastly,  a couple of  very old  'sarasa' printed cottons. I'm not really sure what these particular pieces have been used for, but they have a lovely character. I'll write more about sarasa in a future post.


  1. Lovey fabrics. The variations in colour and design seem endless. Thanks for sharing them

  2. Thanks Pete. The old chirimen pieces are also very delicate and have a lovely soft drape that you can't appreciate in a photo. I'll show you next time you're down.