Kyoto: [Tokyo Gosekai], 1976. 1st Edition. Folio, publisher's beige raw silk, spine and upper board stamped in green, dark green rice endpapers.
Japanese kimono manufacturer's catalog for 1976, illustrated with 147 vivid color plates of kimonos and textiles. Influenced by traditional Han Chinese clothing, the earliest kimono was worn by men and women of all classes. Wealthy aristocrats wore it as an undergarment, as well as a fashion statement and indicator of social status. The familiar T-shape design originated in the Edo period, between 1603 and 1868. The motifs and colors on many kimonos are of great significance. The popular image of cranes is a symbol of longevity, while the color red represents allure and passion. It wasn't until the mid-19th century that the term "kimono" (simply, "thing to wear") was coined, to differentiate the garment from western clothing. Tokyo Goseikai was the sister organizaiton of Kyoto Goseikai, a union comprised of younger kimono manufacturer's that sold exclusively to upscale department stores and boutiques. "Kimono reflects the beauty of nature. Shapes and patterns rich in poetry are made manifest in delicate dyes and techniques.... Each kimono is made by a surprising number of artisans, highly trained by vigorous practice within a tradition of high standards and techniques. The hand that moves the brush, the hand that holds the thread, the hand that manipulates the loom – in these hands live the beauty and soul that modern people seek" (rough translation from the preface). Additionally illustrated with several black-and-white photos of what appears to be a kimono industry event, possibly a trade fair or company celebration. Text in Japanese. Corners lightly banged, trace of sticker residue to upper board. Near fine. Item #1696