Girl’s hitoe (unlined kimono)
Silk
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

The tucks in the shoulders indicate a girl’s hitoe. If needed, the tucks can be unsewn to provide additional shoulder room.

All three of the designs on this hitoe – interlocking circles, dragonflies and bellflowers – are very popular in Japanese visual arts. The interlocking circles are called shippo moyo or seven treasures design, and have an auspicious connotation. Bellflowers are among the five traditional flowers of autumn. In modern times, dragonflies are associated with summer and early autumn, as well as the joys of childhood (spent chasing dragonflies). In the past, since dragonflies are also known by the name kachimushi, or victory insect, they were a popular motif among the military aristocracy.

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