19th Century Patchwork Nagajuban
Lightly padded yosegire (patchwork) mid-late 19th century juban undergarment. Some of the loveliest old garments that come through the shop are actually undergarments, and were often made from whatever fabric remnants were on hand. The outer pieced fabrics in this nagajuban are a mixture of kimono and kimono lining silks from the mid- late 19th century. I was a little bit confused by the man's name ( a few possible readings) written on the back, but I expect it was already on the orange kimono lining fabric when in it was re-used to make this garment. The black silk collar, which would have been visible at the neckline under the main kimono, is quite worn. While the structure of the garment as a whole is sound unfortunately there are a few areas of wear and insect damage - which you can see in the photos - and many of the fabrics are quite fragile. This is why the price is lower than it would normally be for a garment of this character and age. It's still a beautiful piece for display but definitely needs to be kept out of sunlight and will be vulnerable to further insect damage. Approx 139cm long and 124cm across the shoulders.
Price includes GST and postage within Australia.