A man's vintage doro oshima tsumugi silkkimonowith a fine all-over kasuri design and a plain midnight blue silk lining .
Doro-oshima originated on the Japanese island of Amami Oshima and is produced using a unique cotton-thread resist dyeing technique (ori jime) and a combination of techigi (a plant-based dye) and iron-rich ‘mud’ dyeing. The process – designing the pattern, dyeing and then weaving the pre-dyed thread – can take up to a year for each kimono.
Tsumugiwas originally a peasant cloth made from left-over silk threads, but because of its artisanal nature it is now one of the most highly prized and expensive kimono fabrics. Although tsumugi is only considered suitable for informal occasions, as traditional Japanese aesthetics value understatement it would be appreciated for its unobtrusive expense.