KIMONO DESIGNS. Album of hand-painted Japanese Kimono Designs. Comprising 100 leaves with more than 500 hand-painted samples of patterns for Japanese kimonos, most of them pasted in. A few are painted on cloth. Oblong folio, 410 x 310 mm, bound in original printed wrapppers, preserved in a new blue cloth folding box. Kyoto: "Masae-cho," 1861.
This impressive and exceptionally large album, comprises specially made designs for customers at this particular kimono shop. The beautiful patterns are mainly of flower and plants, but some also have geometric inspired designs. This is a a typical design sample book which was used by kimono shops who provided products made to order. A wonderful example of a well preserved Japanese customer book from the end of the Edo period.
Item nr. 164751