A lovely vintage chirimen silk kimono with a colourful bingata print featuring a profusion of traditional flowers & trees - plum blossom, chrysanthemums and pine trees.
Bingata kimono are relatively rare - just applying the colour to the silk alone takes 3 days! This traditional technique is only found on the island of Okinawa where the small-scale designs were originally used for high status kimono made for nobles and samurai.The kimono has a pale grey background and an all over design with jewel like colours & a white silk inner and redbokashi(ombre) silk hakkake (the inner cuff and hem of the lining).
The design is created using a paste-resist dyeing technique in which rice paste is applied to the fabric through a handcut stencil before the silk is dyed. Colour in the form of mineral pigments mixed with soybean liquid are applied to the areas not protected by the paste in layers of increasing intensity, and then fixed. The paste is washed off to leave the white background and the same process used if the background is to be coloured.
If you want to see how the pattern is created there is a short video here