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Furisode.  Early to mid-Meiji period (1868-1900), Japan. A large chirimen (crepe) silk furisode featuring a sublime representation of elegant flying cranes over a frothy, rock-bashed sea edge. Yuzen-dyeing, sumi-e painting and embroidery highlights, as well as masterful ‘bokashi’ (graduated shading) between the edge of the dark background and the energized coastal scene. Five family crests (mon). The Kimono Gallery

Bingata Kimono. Meiji period (1867-1911), Japan.  Older crepe-silk bingata antique kimonos are rare, especially in this condition. Bingata kimonos were created using the katazome technique (stencil dyeing), and refers to a unique style from the large southern island of Okinawa. The Kimono Gallery.