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Taisho Kimono: of Past and Present

Bossert, Jill

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ISBN 10: 8857200116 / ISBN 13: 9788857200118
Published by Skira, NY, 2009
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NO FINER COPY EXISTS. // NEW BOOK and DJ, both in GIFT-quality MINT condition, and with new Mylar protection. // Hardcover, 291 pages, elegantly illustrated. // TAISHO, focusing on the period 1910-1040. Info on textile techniques, their meaning and the history of the Kimono displayed in 120 illustrated Kimono themselves. . // You want this book, AND you will also want a new Kimono. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 104808

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Title: Taisho Kimono: of Past and Present

Publisher: Skira, NY

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Michiel Elsevier Stokmans, Photographer

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

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This remarkable volume features and analyzes a private collection of some 130 textiles, mainly from the period between 1900 and 1940. An introduction explains the place of the kimono in Japanese society, including the essential cultural and historical background, but the heart of the book is formed by the photographs of the individual textiles, focusing on the decoration techniques and other main characteristics. No doubt women’s kimono are the most artistic ones as a result of their bold and colorful designs. But probably the most surprising garments are the men’s under kimono’s, since little has been published about them. Some designs show a longing for the past, but others are decorated with contemporary motifs, such as the popular baseball game and the beginning of the Second World War. The children’s section features the contrasting expectations for girls and boys in Japanese society: "sweet" decorations on girls’ kimono’s, strong animals or samurai on boys’ textiles. The book is generously illustrated with three hundred full-color photographs taken especially for this book and all never before published.

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Jan Dees, gastroenterologist and art researcher, is a prolific writer of articles and books on Japanese lacquer.

Michiel Elsevier Stokmans is a well-known Holland-based art photographer. As head of the photography department of Christie’s, Amsterdam, he has been responsible for the production of more than 1000 auction catalogues over the past twenty-three years.

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