袈裟 — Kesa
After a really long absence, I want to talk about one of Kyōto’s many traditional handicraft businesses: the maker of stoles for Buddhist monks, so-called “kesa”. The cloth, which you can also see on the pictures, is woven on hand-looms, also making use of golden threads. The prices for a kesa vary broadly, but there are kesa in the upper price range reaching into the millions (of yen).
When weaving, the cards with the holes in it tell the hand-loom mechanically which threads to raise so that the correct pattern will be produced on the final cloth.
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A rare shibayama inlaid ‘mille-fleurs’ tsuba (sword guard) of mokko form, each side decorated in the Shibayama style on a silver ground with a dense bouquet of mixed flowers including chrysanthemum, peony, hydrangea and sakura, all skillfully inlaid in stained mother-of-pearl, with elegant cloisonné enamel butterflies among peonies around the seppadai, mokkogata silver mounted mimi
Japan, meiji period
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