Okinawa Fûbutsu. Tokyo, Shôwa 23 (1948).
Large 8vo (21 x 26,8 cm). A privately printed orihon folding album. Comprising Japanese title, colophon and eight-double page coloured illustrations printed in the katazome stencil dyeing technique on handmade paper. Original dark-purple paper wrappers with title label. Housed in the original paper folder. First edition, limited to 150 copies. The work is devoted to the culture of Okinawa which had suffered unimaginable destruction just three years before, at the end of the second world war. Includes vivid and colourful illustrations of daily life at the market, traditional costumes and typical Ryûkyû bingata textiles. A few are printed in black and brown depicting pottery-making, temple life and traditional houses. A lovely copy of this unusual and very delightful work. Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984) was a renowned Japanese textile designer who was promoted by the Japanese government for his unique katazome method. This is an original hand dyeing method using stencils to create patterns. He produced textiles for kimonos, wall scrolls, curtains, fans, paper prints, and he illustrated books. He visited Okinawa several times and learned the Ryûkyû bingata techniques of dyeing.
Charlotte Du Rietz Rare BooksProfessional seller
Book number: 120514
€ 5200.00 [Appr.: US$ 6454.46 | £UK 4601.5 | JP¥ 685536]
Keywords: Far East, okinawa, ryukyu, illustrated, asia, asie, asian, asiatic, japan, japon, japanese, katazome