Okotanpe hand-tailored sartorial pocket square – greyish red, grey, yellow floral pattern made by vintage Japanese silk
The collection of Shibusa pocket squares tells the desire to reinterpret tissues rich in history and tradition by means of accessories in a limited edition for a single copy.
Precious craft knowledge give birth to creative visions of unique and exclusive accessories where precious silks Japanese kimono made from the ’50s and’ 60s are interwoven with colorful and bright shades of Biella fabrics symbol of excellence of Made in Italy.
Banderari pocket squares are made entirely by hand in our laboratory with extreme care and time for the packaging of each piece.
Particular attention is paid to the seam of the hem, which is rigorously hand-made, an element that can attest to the real quality of this type of product.
Model: pocket square
Colors: greyish red, grey, yellow
Hemming: by hand
100% Made in Italy
Dimension: 24 cm x 24 cm ca. (9,5 inch x 9,6 inch. approx)
Front fabric: 100% japanese silk chirimen
Technique: katazome dyeing
Age: 1950 approx
Dry clean only
Do not tuble dry
Iron under the towel at low temperature
The Chirimen 縮緬 is a traditional weaving technique that was developed in the late sixteenth century in Japan. The cloth or silk fabric that is made from this technique is also called “chirimen.” The cloth has the unique feature of soft wrinkles.
The wrinkles are created by alternating two types of silk thread, twisted in different directions, by turns in the weft. The woven cloth is at first flat, but the wrinkles suddenly emerge after rinsing dirt out of the thread. This is the moment when the breathtaking beauty of the wrinkles is born.
These wrinkles are called “shibo” in Japanese. The shibo also appear because the weft (the thread being woven) is ten times thicker than the warp (the set of lengthwise threads). Chirimen is mostly used for finely made kimono.
Katazome (型染め) is a Japanese method of dyeing fabrics using a resist paste applied through a stencil. With this kind of resist dyeing, a rice flour mixture is applied using a brush or a tool such as a palette knife. Pigment is added by hand-painting, immersion or both. Where the paste mixture covers and permeates the cloth, dye applied later will not penetrate.
Katazome on thin fabrics shows a pattern through to the back; on thicker or more tightly woven fabrics, the reverse side is a solid color, usually indigo blue for cotton fabrics. Futon covers made from multiple panels of fabric, if the stencils are properly placed and the panels joined carefully, exhibit a pleasing over-all pattern in addition to the elements cut into the stencil.
One attraction of katazome was that it provided an inexpensive way for over-all patterns similar to expensive woven brocades to be achieved on cotton. As with many everyday crafts of Japan it developed into a respected art form of its own.
Besides cotton, katazome has been used to decorate linen, silk and fabrics that are all or partially synthetic.
Shibusa pocket squares are made with real vintage Japanese decorative panels used and made in the fifties, sixties and seventies, for this reason they could present imperfections and signs of aging.
These imperfections are not to be considered a defect but are synonymous with uniqueness and authenticity.
The creation is inserted in an exclusive packaging ideal to keep the protected item, ready to be used as a gift box.
The color may vary due to differences in monitor settings.
The product being made with artisan techniques, it could undergo some slight variation compared to the measurements shown in the description.