Kimono
Silk, cotton
Stenciled warps and wefts

Changes in culture are reflected in textiles. From a distance, this post-World War II kimono appears to have wobbly polka dots as its motif. On closer inspection, the dots turn out to be a cartoonist’s cheerful and colorful rendition of atoms, encircled by speeding electrons. (See close-up below.) Atomic Age motifs were very popular in the United States at the time, and the strong presence of the United States in Japan in the post-war period influenced textile design there as well. The predominant red color and long sleeves indicate that this kimono was worn by a young unmarried woman.

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