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Japanese Samurai kataginu on wafuku.co.uk
  • Something very hard to find, a green and white kataginu. Usually worn with hakama over a kimono. When a kataginu is paired with hakama the combination is called kamishimo.
  • The front is silk, the back is cotton and the inner centre back is, as is traditional, lined with paper. The shoulders are stiffened with bamboo to hold them out
  • It has 3 formal mon (crests), the mon are Katabami (wood sorrel)
  • There is some foxing on the light bands of silk, foxing does not weaken the fabric, it is a patina often found on antique textiles and paper, There is fading on the back, primarily along the fold lines. There are some very small holes in the paper lining. All this is to be expected of one of this age
  • If you want a genuine kataginu, this is a collectors' dream
  • It is ideal for display, would make a magnificent wall hanging, but also wearable. Many a samurai would wear clothing and armour that had very much seen better days. Samurai, for much of their history, were not allowed to have paid work so, if they did not have a wealthy master to provide for them, they were often exceedingly poor and relied on hand outs and unable to buy pristine new clothing, so they were often somewhat dishevelled and unkempt. The merchant class were often rich and very richly dressed in extremely bright and ostentatious clothing, then they were banned from dressing extravagantly, forced to appear more subdued, because they tended to show up the samurai class as well as some of the less rich nobles, who could not afford such fine and fancy clothing.

 

Condition:
Very good for age - some foxing on the light bands of silk,  fading on the back, primarily along the fold lines. There are some very small holes in the paper lining

 

Measurements: 

Width 80.5cm across shoulders

Length 68cm

 

 

 

 

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sc7/01/11

Green Antique Kataginu

SKU: sc7
£129.00 Regular Price
£85.14Sale Price
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