Tokyo. Seibikai. Meiji 34. 1901.
18 full page color woodblock prints, 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, decorative color paper wrappers with two ribbon ties. Light soiling and tiny hole (pinhead size) to lower left corner margin of frontispiece illustration, light wear to back cover, small areas of light dampstaining to right and lower edges of back cover (not affecting the text block). Overall the images are clean and bright. The epilogue to this beautiful publication "Isho Sekai" explains that the periodical is published monthly on the fifth day of the month providing designers with the latest developments in dyeing and weaving patterns. The charming kuchi-e (frontispiece illustration) is of Kure-hatori and Aya-hatori. The story of Kureha and Ayaha dates back to ancient times - these two "princesses" came to Japan from the Chinese region of Kure. Renowned weavers, they taught their skills to local women and are remembered at two shrines in Ikeda, Osaka. The signature on this woodblock illustration reads Rōsai 桜斎 which was an alternate name used by Ogata Gekkō. The style of the picture matches Gekko's, and he was active as a kuchi-e artist. An uncommon and quite exquisite item. Item #40581