With more than 120 kimonos, the publication presents an opulent selection of original products made of titmice silk, which shaped Japan’s fashionable appearance especially in the first half of the 20th century with radiant, colourful and daring patterns.more
Tit silk was produced in Japan from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century, with the fabric enjoying particular popularity between the 1910s and 40s. The innovative, fast and inexpensive partial dyeing and weaving method of silk, using coloured pastes and paper stencils, created the impression of elaborate, traditional, multicoloured Kasuri ikat fabrics. The large-volume titmice kimonos were the first affordable prêt-à-porter kimonos offered through department stores. A young generation of Japanese textile designers designed the patterns for the kimonos, merging classic Japanese patterns with Western art movements such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco, which themselves were strongly influenced by 19th-century Japonism. The patterns, which are still fresh and original today, represent a previously unknown contribution to textile art in the early 20th century. They show bold Art Deco forms, imaginative enlargements of traditional patterns, colourful flower motifs, cheerful geometric designs and landscapes in lively colours or exquisite pastel shades. As extremely fashionable garments, titmice kimonos were replaced by the latest models after just one or two seasons and are therefore usually very well preserved.