If you’re a lover of textiles you should check out the website of Yorke Antique Textiles.  It’s filled with textiles from around the world including needlework, toile, tapestries, embroideries, weavings, batiks, etc.  They have a large collection of Japanese textiles as well and I got really excited about a few of them, 4 that are posted here.  The first two are from Bianchini Ferier in France and date back to the early 1900’s.  Bianchini Ferier was the leading printing company for couturiers such as Vionnet, Poiret, Chanel, Schiaperelli and Dior.  These including the Japanese prints are all original artwork.

Bianchini Ferier, France, 1910.  Gouache on paper.

Bianchini Ferier, France, 1914. Gouache on paper.

Original painting for Obi, Japan, Mid-Showa era 1950-1970.

Original painting for Obi, Japan, Mid-Showa era 1945-1965.

Original art for kimono, Japan, Late Taisho to Early Showa era 1920-1940. Watercolor on paper.

Original art for kimono, Japan, Late Taisho to Early Showa era 1920-1940. Watercolor and beads on paper.