Chrysalis Bodice in Kasuri Tsumugi

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Chrysalis Bodice in Kasuri Tsumugi

302.00

Burnt orange raw silk base with ivory geometric ikat, and a dark grey warp detail. Tsumugi is Japan’s homespun, usually from the homes of silk or cotton sellers. The rough silk that was not deemed fine enough to sell at market is woven by the silk worm farmer for his own kimono, and the patterns reflect the traditional rural stlyes. Kasuri is Japan’s ikat weaving technique, long abandoned for its time-consuming process. This is a labor-intensive double ikat, and likely a very old silk.

Inspired by the novel Jane Eyre, the silhouette of the Chrysalis Bodice is a nod to early Victorian bodices. Made from one-of-a-kind vintage kimono silk hand-picked by the designer, this is the blouse for the woman who wants to wear something no one else has. Designed to be special and singular, the Chrysalis bodice has both a vintage-inspired look and true vintage fabrication, making it the essential heirloom piece. 

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VINTAGE KIMONO SILK, Japan

With traditional Japanese garments relegated to special occasions in modern Japan,

the country’s number of illustrious silk artisans has dwindled. Vintage silks

of every hue, displaying motifs central to the culture’s visual lexicon, have been

wrapped up and stored away in warehouses. Arcana salvages and repurposes

these precious emblem’s of Japan’s rich textile history. One bolt, or tan, is only

enough to make a single kimono. Thus, each garment made from this vibrant silk

is a one-of-a-kind heirloom showcasing the beautiful craftsmanship of a bygone

Japan.