Plum Blossom Night
Plum Blossom Night
Diameter approx. 30cm, 25cm, 20cm x 2cm (3 items).
silk (outside-layer) , wooden frame, cotton linen canvas (under-layer)
About this canvas
This canvas has been upcycled from a haori fabric featuring a traditional shibori knot-dyeing flower pattern. The shibori white dots resemble stars and the whole work tells a story of flower buds on the verge of blooming in the middle of the night.
Period / Story
The haori used for this canvas was crafted in the late Showa period (1960-80ies).
Explanation and meaning of pattern and colors
The canvases on both sides feature a black background, while the central canvas showcases plum buds against a black backdrop.
The plum blossom pattern is rich in symbolism, representing perseverance, vitality, and the hope for the prosperity in generations. It is a prominent and auspicious design that is associated with the arrival of spring.
Characteristics of the fabric
The kimono fabrics in this canvas have been dyed using the tie-dyeing technique known as "soshibori," specifically, a form of it called "Kanoko shibori." This ancient technique has been practiced in Japan since the 6th to 7th century.
In soshibori, the cloth is meticulously bound using specialized tools like threads and boards to create areas where the dye cannot penetrate. Once the entire fabric is dyed, the tied areas are carefully untied, revealing a three-dimensional pattern where the color emerges.
Due to the intricate handwork involved, only a limited number of pieces, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand, can be produced in a day. Completing the entire process can take several months to a year or even longer, as more than 200,000 individual ties may be required for a single kimono.
The "Kanoko shibori" technique applied to the entire haori fabric is a form of so-called "fawn" shibori, known for its resemblance to the spots on a small deer's back.
Canvas can be displayed on a table, wall, etc. Hanging on a wall requires hooks, tacks or nails. It can also be displayed propped up on an easel. Ideal for a room makeover, housewarming gift, present, or souvenir for a loved one.
All the works are made from real kimonos, antiques and vintages. For this reason, the fabric may have traces of long-term use and minor fabric damages. In case there are any scratches or stains, we always add a photo of the area on the item page, so please check before purchasing. Regarding precaution, cancellation and refund policy, please refer to the refund policy in the footer section of the site for information.
The last pictures in the gallery are the pictures of the reverse side of the canvas, the attachments and the package.