Kimono or haori remnant
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This remnant, just over three feet long, is unusual from several perspectives. While wavy lines have been used as a design motif in Japan for many hundreds of years (tatewaku [an imperial design of pairs of undulating mirror-image stripes], suhama [shoreline] and kanzemizu [swirling waters] for example), these are usually very even, controlled and standardized. The waves here are uneven, uncontrolled, and unidentifiable. The wearer of this striking design would have to be prepared for a lot of attention.

The weave has the stenciled warps and wefts characteristic of meisen.

While early meisen was very simple, with limited colors and simplified designs), later meisen was very sophisticated, with numerous shades of color and intricate designs.