This crop top is made from fabric custom-printed with artwork from an early 17th-century Japanese six-panel folding screen — originally in ink and color, and gold and silver leaf, on paper — showing adventures of the noble hero Takebun from the musical drama, Shinkyoku (The New Piece).
The design is printed onto special paper, and then transferred using heat and pressure to become part of the fabric. This sublimation process creates a soft, breathable, vibrantly colored material.
The crop top is super-comfortable, made of a smooth 82% polyester/18% spandex microfiber yarn with four-way stretch. Printed, cut, and sewn in USA.
This story of kidnapping, chases, sacrifice, and rescue originated in a medieval war tale, the “Chronicle of the Great Peace” (Taiheiki). At this point in the story, Prince Ichnomiya is exiled from the capital and sends orders for his favorite consort to come join him on the island of Shikoku, escorted by his most trusted retainer, Takebun. A pirate, Matsura Gorô, intercepts them, however, preventing the lovers’ reunion. Like the adjacent Battles of Ichinotani and Yashima, the story is set on the coasts of the mainland and of Shikoku, which lies across the Japan Sea. Although there was a tragic end in the historical account, in its adaptation as the ballad-drama Shinkyoku the message was more positive, with a focus on the devotion of the couple and the noble hero Takebun.