Saturday, September 20, 2008

Taisho romance Kimono...East Does Meet West !

This amazing Silk Floral Flapper 20s Taisho Romance Art Deco Kimono has
beautiful bright colors of hot pink, golden chartreuse, cornflower blue and black in a floral and foliage design. It's in the Taisho Romance style. I'd had many kimonos pass through my hands, but this one is very special. It's a wonderful blend of American and European Art Deco Moderne influenced, and the traditional Japanese aesthetic...

In 1912 the Taisho period began when the Meiji emperor died and his Crown Prince Yoshihito took the throne. In 1914 Japan declared war on Germany, joining the Allies in World War I, and began its international forays, including military interventions in China. The post WW1 era brought Japan much prosperity. It was time of new ideas, liberalism and power. By the late 1930's the Depression and internal politics eventually drove Japan back towards a more traditional nationalistic lifestyle in politics and art. But for a time......beautiful Western-influenced art and crafts were produced.

from a website.....

When looking at Japan’s long history, it’s easy to consider the brief 14 years of the Taisho period (1912-26) as a mere footnote. The emperor, Yoshihito, did not play an active role due to a lifetime of ill health. Yet during his brief reign, he sat as figurehead of a country reeling between the onslaught of foreign influences during the Meiji period and the radical conservatism and patriotic fervor that grew before World War II. In fact, the Taisho period was a fascinating and pivotal time,
an amalgam of contradictory social forces of East and West that saw the Japanese question their self-identity. Much of this was poignantly reflected in the lifestyles, fashion and arts of the time.
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