Babani "Le Niu-Tse" Silk Kimono with Gold Embroidery

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Rare Babani couture silk kimono, decorated with the most intricate pink, green and yellow gold thread embroidered dragon pattern. The interior is lined in salmon colored matte silk.

The Babani company has very obscure beginnings but is believed to have been established around 1895[1] when Vitaldi Babani acquired an existing shop that specialized in goods imported from China and Japan. Babani's shop was located at 93, 98, and 98bis, boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France[2] and were importers of Oriental wares, as well as a couture house, and also offered exquisite perfumes. He then opened other shops and around 1900, Vitaldi Babani diversified with daring fashions and sumptuous Liberty of London fabrics, as well as designs from Mariano Fortuny. The influence of Fortuny can be seen in many of Babani creations.

Then in 1906, he created a style inspired by the Far East, called "Le Niu-Tse".

Babani was also influenced by the Ballets Russes and introduced oriental and Arabian fashions, made exquisite by the usage of gold embroidery and ornate patterning. He also introduced the "Sphinxia", a special sewing machine manufactured expressly for gold chain stitch embroidery.

In 1919, his son, Maurice Babani became the second Paris couturier to introduce perfumes. In 1920, M. Babani was also a prestigious importer of Oriental wares.

The exquisite perfume bottles were sold in the Elizabeth Arden salons on behalf of Babani Paris. The clear glass bottles had rich gold and black finishes and generally had Oriental themes. The bottles were produced by Maurice Depinoix.
Place of Origin
Early 20th Century
Excellent. Excellent.
Dealer Location
Topanga, CA
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1836 Arteique Rd.
Topanga CA 90290
(646) 846-1818
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