Hitotsumi (infant’s single width kimono)
Cotton
Chusenzome (poured dyeing)

In chusenzome, a technique developed for tenugui (long lightweight cotton towels) in 1907, a stack of textiles can be dyed simultaneously when dye, poured at the top, soaks to the bottom, either by gravity or suction, shaped by stencils. This stencil has no repeats, appropriate for a stencil of tenugui size, raising questions about the original purpose of this material. The design – of plum blossoms floating in water – is very Japanese, but the vibrant Fauvist colors reflect the influence of western art in early 20th century Japan.

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