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Japanese Vintage Red Cotton Koinobori Flag Fabric | Carp Streamer

Japanese Vintage Red Cotton Koinobori Flag Fabric | Carp Streamer

Regular price ¥24,000 JPY
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  • Made from handspun natural cotton, repaired by hand
  • Dyed with natural plants
  • Historical Japanese boro culture, passed down from generation to generation

Vintage Showa era koinobori streamer, entirely made out of cotton which is very rare nowadays. These carp streamers are used on Kodomo no Hi or childrens day and seen all over Japan on May 5. In Japan, the carp fish represents power and perseverance, being able to climb the waterfall upstream. The colors of the carp streamers represent the members of household, in this case the color red for mother.

This carp streamer is beautifully hand-painted with much detail and made in the 1960's, not being produced anymore. It has a few signs of use like color fading, color bleeding on its tail and 2 tiny holes --> please evaluate the last 2 pictures to get an impression.

Authentic and unique decoration piece but also very usable as remake fabric!

Size: Length = 330cm (130"), Width: at its widest 85cm (33") and narrowest 33cm (13")

Boro tradition

The tradition of boro (rags) was created out of desperate necessity since cotton could not be cultivated in the freezing north (Tohoku region). This made every piece of cotton very precious. Out of sheer necessity, clothes and fabrics were constantly repaired and passed on from generation to generation.

Looking further than the embodiment of poverty, we can recognize a high degree of handiwork, skill and beauty produced by many nameless people of northern Japan.

Care instruction

All of our fabrics are cleaned by hand and do not contain any bad or old odours. Some colours have naturally faded due to age and exposure to the sun. Our fabrics do not contain mould or dust.

Due to the age of this fabric, we do not recommend washing it in a washing machine as the stitches could come loose. If it is necessary to wash the fabric, we recommend a warm or cold hand-wash with very little detergent.

Shipping and Returns

Kesapasa Shop offers two worldwide shipping options, standard and express shipping.

Worldwide standard shipping starts at 2000 Japanese Yen (€12,95 or $14) for all orders under 1kg. Standard shipping takes around 7 working days to arrive. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 10 working days!

Worldwide express shipping starts at 4000 Japanese Yen (€26 or $28) or all orders under 1kg. Express shipping takes around 2 or 3 working days to arrive. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 5 or 6 working days!

Japan domestic shipping has a fixed price of 1000 Japanese Yen (€6,5 or $7) for all orders located within Japan. Japan Domestic Shipping takes just one working day to arrive after the day we shipped your order. Including order process time of 2 or 3 days, you will receive your order in 3 or 4 working days!


We have a 7-day return policy, which means you have 7 days after receiving your item to request a return.

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, unworn or unused, with tags, and in its original packaging. You’ll also need the receipt or proof of purchase. Please note that in case you are not satisfied with the product or expectations were not met, all customers are responsible for shipping costs as well as duties on all returned items.

To start a return, please contact us

If your return is accepted, we’ll send you instructions on how and where to send your package. Items sent back to us without first requesting a return will not be accepted.

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Artisan's Profile

Kesapasa represents full transparency, aiming to show the craftspeople and process behind our products. This fabric was repaired in Japan by Jelle, please click below to learn more about his journey.