an overcoat with no obi. The uchikake is woven of the finest silk and hand painted, made of a single bolt of cloth. The most striking thing seen in the booth is a full length uchikake on a tall stand.
Bartholomew also has examples of the hitoe, the unlined silk kimonos also used as summer garments, and like all of her examples they are all hand sewn. Many examples are made of shiboroi, fine silk that has been hand tied and hand died, resulting in a pucker texture and some even have the traditional monsuki or family crest on the back panel.
Bartholomew exhibits over 500 items in her booth and besides Japanese textiles she has an assortment of pottery, glass, sterling silver and fine jewelry. Items in her booth range in price from $25 to $1,000 or more for a custom order kimono but she notes that the supply of finer vintage kimonos is drying up and even now shipment takes two months. Don’t wait too long.
The remaining Summer show date will be October 1-2 with a full day of setup for dealers on Friday 8:00AM to 7:00PM. The Puchsteins have lowered dealers’ booth rent for the Summer Season over the normal show fee. The popular “Early Buyers Admission” feature will be continued in the summer starting at 9:00AM on Saturday before the regular Show opening time of 10:00AM. Summer Show Early Buyers admission has been reduced to $10 and is good for both days of the Show. Adult daily admission $7.00, seniors $6.00 with a 1$ discount coupon for adult admission available on the website. Anyone under 16 is admitted free. There is no charge for parking at the Fairgrounds.
The West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is held at the South Florida Fairgrounds located off Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, FL, 1.5 miles west of the Florida Turnpike and 1 mile east of 441/SR7. For more information contact the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival at (941) 697-7475, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.wpbaf.com.
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Bartholomew – Elizabeth Bartholomew arranges her inventory of fine Japanese textiles.