Kyoto: Textile Report Co., Ltd., 1948. First edition. Softcover. Folio (12 x 9"). , 12, ; , 12, ; , 12, pp. Original spiral bound wrappers with brown lettering to front covers. Title pages in red lettering.
Illustrated with no less than 180 mounted textile samples in rich vibrant colors (60 per volume), this splendid three-volume catalogue contains the full 1948 collection of Nishijin-ori* neckties from a Kyoto manufacturer.
The silk samples have different patterns and designs, with each measuring 4 1/4 x 1", except for the last sample of the first volume which measures 2 3/4 x 1", and three of the second volume measuring 3 x 1".
Volume 48-1 with closed tear at head of spine, and pages 6 to 12 partly disbound. Title pages in Japanese and English. Wrappers in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42399
* Nishijin-ori‘s origins are with the Yasushi family, who immigrated to Kyoto from China around the 5th to 6th century and introduced how to make silk textiles to the local people. By the 8th century, the royal court had created an official branch to supervise the textile artists and their production. These artisans used to live together around Chouza machi, Kamigyo ku, Kyoto, which became a textile Mecca. Between 1467 and 1477, Kyoto suffered a long period of civil war between the East and the West, and many artisans fled Kyoto. As a result, the whole industry was almost extinguished. However, after the war, the artisans returned to Kyoto and revived the textile industry in the area of Imagawa, Omiya. Since then, the name has been used for the method of weaving to create designs and patterns using dyed threads in Kyoto.