Iro no chigusa [trans.: Color Combinations]. Totsugen TANAKA.
Iro no chigusa [trans.: Color Combinations].
Iro no chigusa [trans.: Color Combinations].
Iro no chigusa [trans.: Color Combinations].

Color Combinations for Kimono

Iro no chigusa [trans.: Color Combinations].

355 color samples. 26 leaves. Large 8vo, orig. patterned wrappers, orig. block printed title label on upper cover, new stitching. Kyoto: Zeniya Soshiro, 1818.

First edition of this handsome book of color samples — 355 in all — for kimono. Tanaka (1767-1823), was a late Edo artist specializing in paintings and screens and was also a designer of highly decorated kimono. He studied in the Kano and Tosa schools of art.

This work is concerned with the different colors available to dyers and designers of kimono used for court appearances. The first three pages depict 18 basic hues of red and purple. Subsequent pages show many color combinations suitable for luxurious kimono. Considerations of colors for the outer kimono and inner layers are depicted as well. Each combination has a name, taken from various flowers, blossoms, and other plants.

Final four leaves with minor worming.

Price: $5,500.00

Item ID: 5792