We are very pleased to introduce our first vintage furisode to the collection. This beautiful 1920’s piece is a stunning example of master craftsmanship in the traditional art of Bingata. Bingata is a dye and resist technique that originated in Okinawa in the 14th Century, inspired by a number of folk crafts from across Asia. Vibrant dyes are painted like watercolors onto the silks before the linear design is printed over the top creating the white lines. The design on this furisode flows freely over the silk which is an indication that it has been painted freehand by the artist. The delicate details of the print tell an intricate tale of mountain settlements, soaring birds and wild flowers.
A furisode is all about decoration and is intended to make the wearer stand out. They are usually worn by unmarried women for special celebrations. Unlike kimonos they do not have a repeated pattern so each panel is unique and hand painted by the artist.
Furisode are classified by the length of sleeves. This piece has sleeves with 115cm in length which make it an “Oh-Furisode”, the most formal of all.
Despite it’s age this furisode has been lovingly preserved and remains in perfect condition.
Sleeve to sleeve 132cm