Wonderful style at home robe. Great colour combination. The coffee coloured silk is all hand quilted. Ours is very similar in style to a Shiino Shobey Silk Store example in the Kyoto Fashion Museum collection.
The cafe coloured silk taffeta hand quilted with channels of silk wadding, the collar, cuffs and pockets in fushia silk with machine quilted diagonals embroidered in twisted grey silks with flowers and leaves, having single strnd silk red details, opening front with fushia silk rope toggles and loop fastenings, a kumihimo cord and tassel at the waist, above panels of similar grey embroidery continuing to the lower front panels, the cuffs trimmed with ecru coloured hand made needlerun lace, the back bodice with similar sprays of grey embroidered flowers and leaves, the back waist with two tails with six silk covered buttons and grey embroidery, the back skirt very full and trained, the hem edged with a cream organda hand made lace trim, lined in fushia silk.
Very good. There is slight spotting on the sleeves and back bodice and skirt, but honestly it is pretty impossible to see. Perhaps it is damp? The bodice back seam 3 in; 8 cm has come undone and needs a few stitches.
Fashion. The Kyoto Costume Institute has similar embroidered women's garments. p 305
Costume 2008, nos 42. Japonisme and Feminity: A study of Japanese Dress in British and French Art and Society, c 1860-1899.
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