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Kakishibu Dyed Noboribata
Boy's Day Banner/Flag
Kamon Family Crest
Hand Dyed images of Flying Cranes Symbolizing Long Life
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton Fabric, Heavy Weight
All natural vegetable dyes
Early 1900s
From Toyama Prefecture, Sea of Japan
Condition Very good condition
This banner initially had a white background with bright indigo and red colors. Subsequently it was given a light wash with natural kakishibu dye, resulting in the more subtle, muted coffee color semblance now visible. (see our Japanese Textile History for details about traditional kakishibu dye)
14 inches X 12 feet, 35 X 380 cm
Comments Boy's Day was originally called Tango no Sekku, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon of the Chinese calendar. After Japan's switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1873, Boy's Day was observed on May 5. Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated but likely during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.).

Tradition calls for families to place noboribata banners in front of their houses along with carp-shaped koinobori flags, one for each son, the month before the Boy's Day. Smaller banners, like this one, were often hung inside the home as well. (Wiki)