antique bodice

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Thanks to a lovely gift I was able to snag this antique bodice from the late Victorian or very early Edwardian era…and it happened to be exactly my measurements! The cloth is in incredible condition considering the age and I feel absolutely so honored to have the opportunity to add it to my collection! As a side note, it definitely gives me some Crimson Peak vibes ;)

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Edo Dounuki. Late Edo period (1800-1867), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. A very fine silk inner kimono featuring refined shibori patterning as well as katazome faux-shibori. The dounuki is a specific style of inner kimono of a kimono set, characterized by sleeves and hem sections that are stitched to a main bodice body of contrasting material and pattern-work. The shibori (tie-dye) work on the bodice of this artefact is very subtle and refined: the large shibori white medallions were first created, then yuzen flower paintings put in each medallion as a second step. Thus creating this shibori was the result of lengthy and painstaking craftsmanship. The dot-pattern faux-shibori katazome stenciling was reserved to the sides/hem cloth adjacent to this shibori bodice.