Stock ID #197589 故実叢書 織文図会. [Kojitsu sōsho. Shokumon zue]. [Classic Library or Analects of Ancient Practices: Illustrations of Textile Patterns]. HONMA HYAKURI, 本間百里.
故実叢書 織文図会. [Kojitsu sōsho. Shokumon zue]. [Classic Library or Analects of Ancient Practices: Illustrations of Textile Patterns].

故実叢書 織文図会. [Kojitsu sōsho. Shokumon zue].
[Classic Library or Analects of Ancient Practices: Illustrations of Textile Patterns].

[Japan]. Circa 1900. [Reprint]. Stock ID #197589

2 volumes only of 7. Beautifully llustrated throughout with colour woodblock designs, 50 + 44 colour pages, 24.7 x 14.2cm, Japanese stab binding. Some wear to covers, contents in very good condition.

These two volumes are from the seven volume set, Kojitsu sōsho. These are the Reifuku (Ceremonial or formal clothing) and the Kariginu (literally "hunting clothes" sometimes used to mean Noh costumes; informal clothing at the time of the Heian Court) volumes, with illustrations of the textile colors and patterns used.

"The Kojitsu sōsho is a series book with information of textile design and costume. It includes seven volumes: Vol. 1 Jokan (female official), Vol. 2 Kariginu (hunting cloth), Vol. 3 Nishiki orimono (brocaded textile), Vol. 4 Reifuku (Ceremony cloth), Vol. 5-6 Miyuki. The series was published during 1800 - 1825. According to the epilogue written by the Honma Hyakuri, Matsuoka Tokikata liked to collect ancient textiles. They published these books as a reference source to illustrate the designs mentioned in classic books. This volume of Kariginu provides luxury illustrations for different design patterns. Kariginu is a kind of cloth that originally wore in the hunting occasion. The cut of body and sleeve part are not sewed so that it is convenient for hunting. Later it also became a costume for officials and ceremonies. The design and color became richer with the development" (Asia Arts Phoenix website).

The work, which was originally privately printed, was written by Honma Hyakuri, likely a penname for a samurai-class scholar, 1784-1854, who studied ancient court practices under the Edo scholar Matsuoka Tokikata.

These two volumes are beautifully printed, capturing the richness and subtlety of the textiles. The work was republished at the turn of the twentieth century and it seems likely these two are from that edition. The current volumes have the dates of the first edition, but since the complete set is not present, it is not entirely clear which edition they come from, although judging by the paper and binding it is likely they are from the 1902 edition.

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