Textile of the Week: 201113 Kinran
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Karakusa Pattern Silk Kinran Gauze 唐草本金金襴
Sample 201113-Karakusa Kinran (Only available when purchasing Textile Collection One.) For more information about subscriptions, click on this text.
The sample above does not fall within the karamiori tradition. It is, however, a gauze weave and ties in with the kinran weaves dealt with in earlier postings. The threads are simply spread apart a bit to allow for an openness in the weave.
Detail Depicting Basic Flat Weave Nature of Weave–Notice the Spacing
This bolt was woven to be cut into bands and used in piecing together a Buddhist monk’s vestment called a kesa.

It is woven of pure gold and silk in a nutritional celery green. Additional colors are added as supplemental twills with some floaters on the back.

The gold is laminated to paper, indicating a very high quality, traditional weave.
Label Woven into Bolt Stating 本金別織 (Pure Gold Special Weave)
View of Front and Back Sides of Bolt
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