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

In this unusual hitoe, eleven distinct colors in bold black outlines divide the space into such oddly shaped areas that it seems as if the designer might have drawn inspiration from maps of the world.

Despite being stenciled, it almost appears as though this is a single unique overall design because the stencil is 28 inches long, the left and right body panels are centered differently, and the sleeve panels run in the opposite direction of the body panels, so the eye does not immediately register the repetitions.

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