Dounuki (underkimono)
Plain weave silk; chirimen silk
Itajimezome (board clamp resist)

The dounuki was worn as the underlayer in a kimono set. The material at the hem and sleeve holes would match the outer layer of the set. This dounuki features designs of traditional Japanese toys, including a drum, an imperial doll, a temari thread ball, a balancing toy on wheels, and tops. The tailor was careful to line up the left and right panels to form vertical mirror images, but there are also horizontal mirror images made possible by the nature of itajimezome, in which cloth is folded multiple times and sandwiched tightly between two blocks containing the carved design. The design is achieved when dye penetrates the carved out areas, while the uncarved areas receive no dye.