[SEJIRO, Miyake]. 4th Kimono Obi Belt Design Competition...volume 6 Kyoto Meiji 40 1907. 106 original gouache designs mounted back to back ranging in size from 330 x 275 to 475 x 320 mm. Folio, 535 x 385 mm, bound in a contemporary light blue Japanese block book cloth binding with paper label. Kyoto: 1907.
An extensive collection of original designs for Maru Obi, the most formal of the traditional decorative cloth worn around the middle of a kimono by the Kyoto kimono draper, Miyake Sejiro. These well achieved, large scale gouaches display an array of Meiji design sensibility featuring natural subject matter intertwined with geometric and abstract elements.
Although not named on the title, this album was originally acquired as part of an archive from Miyake Sijiro Shoten. Covers with some edge wear, some of the gouaches a little scuffed, but overall they are clean and bright and well persevered in the album.
Item nr. 164052