Title: Japanese Fabric Sample Swatch Book, 19th Century
Condition: Very Good
A late Edo period and early 19th century Japanese fabric sample swatch book, with this example being a shimacho, or ‘stripe book’. Shimacho like these were often kept by home weavers, to keep examples of their own work. Otherwise, they were used by companies for commercial purposes.
There are roughly 360 fabric samples to the first 14 leaves, which mostly seem to be cotton colored with natural indigo and various vegetable dyes. Many of the fragments have a natural beige and brown coloring, which could date them to the late Edo period.
While the fragments themselves appears to be from the late Edo period, the binding seems to be from the Meiji or very early Taisho period (late 19th to early 20th century).
One volume in oblong quarto, 52 leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minimal rubbing and wear to the binding. Several samples are loosened, though holding. Several pages are slightly dogeared. There is very little staining throughout.