Original Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882) Japanese Woodblock Print
Boiling Cocoons to Release the Silk Thread
Series; Sericulture, 1879
Sericulture - Handsome design from Chikashige's 1879 series "Sericulture" depicting upper-class beauties involved in raising silkworms to produce silk. Subjects include feeding the silkworms mulberry leaves, plucking and boiling the cocoons to release the silk thread, and weaving cloth. The women wear white kimono with an embossed geometric pattern tucked into full red pants, sleeves tied out of the way with sashes. These attractive designs are nicely detailed and vibrantly colored. An interesting look at the art of sericulture.
Artist - Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with heavy paper. Horizontal centerfold. Wrinkling, creasing, rippling, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.