Hitoe (unlined kimono)
Silk
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This kimono must have seemed very daring at the time of its introduction, probably around 1920 – 1930. Not only does it make extensive use of saturated colors, it also uses trompe l’oeil shading and sharp divisions of space, a technique championed by such artists as Liubov Popova. Many Russian artists fled to nearby Japan following the Revolution, and had some influence on Japanese art and artists.

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