1977. Item #90498
Okamura Kichiemon 岡村吉右衛門 . OKUSHIMA TÔZAN 奥嶋唐棧. Sansei Kōgei 三彩工芸 [Sansei Arts and Crafts]. Osaka. Shōwa 52 . A limited edition of 200 copies. 27 x 22.5 single volume opens Japanese style and is housed in a chitsu with clasps 27 x 23.5cm. In a cardboard box 29 x 25.5cm with printed title sheet.  pages of traditional Japanese fabric samples, from one to three per page, ranging in size from approx 3.5 x 5.5 to approx 14 x 13cm with printed Japanese text. Hanko and signature on colophon.
The fabrics are samples of a type of cotton woven fabric called Tōzan 唐棧, that is striped and tightly woven with a smooth surface. This particular fabric is representative of Okushima, which was originally an independent island located in the middle of Lake Biwa in Japan. Most of the fabrics are subtle variations on navy, with red or tan stripes. Each page lists the type of fabric in printed Japanese text. 67 pages of Japanese text by the author, broken down into a preface and 5 chapters, on different aspects of the fabric, such as geographical context, materials and weaving and dyeing. A beautifully presented archive of a traditional, and nearly lost, artform.
Slight foxing on portfolio cover and book cover. Otherwise fine condition.