This is a rare head scarf dating to the 1960s.
It is a fine textile scarf made to celebrate the 1964 Olympics which were held in Tokyo, Japan.
It is a nice large size measuring 70 x 74 cms.
It is in fine vintage condition - the material is very sheer - and not sure what it is made from as there is no materials tag attached, but think that it might be silk or very fine rayon. As such it is very delicate in nature - and not many of these have survived.
I have taken lots of photographs so that you can assess its condition. It is generally without out issues - but there is a small hole to the material, as shown in my last image. This would not be noticeable with a white background and framed for display. It is the only flaw on this item - and reflected in my asking price.
The image shows a flag of Japan, a multi-coloured target in the centre and competitors taking part in events around. The scarf is a much rarer one - and in perfect condition, it would go for three figures sums. The designer is Kamekura Yuusaku (1915 - 1997).
Yuusaku combines the influences of the Bauhaus with insight to his traditional heritage.
He is best known for his work for the Tokyo 1964 Olympics. He combined modernist principles and typography with the Japanese cultural heritage through the simplistic combination of the words "Tokyo 1964", the Olympic rings and the sun from the Japanese flags.
His work for the Olympics also marked the first time that photography was used to promote the event.
A rare piece of Olympic history - and listed at a very fair price to take into account both its relative rarity and the condition issue.