Hitoe (unlined kimono) with boat, wave and ripple motifs
Silk or rayon
Stenciled warps, stenciled and hand tie-dyed wefts (meisen)

The design this kimono is reminiscent of similar kimonos with banana or bamboo leaves, but the use of traditional Japanese boats – particularly since they are out of context and somewhat abstract in their unrealistic positions – conveys a sense of playfulness on the part of the designer. The red background indicates that it was made for a young unmarried woman.

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