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

This design takes its cues from the American abstract expressionist movement. For a brief period in the late 1940s some east coast painters took black as their main color, with other colors serving to enhance the inherent drama of the black canvas. Below are examples of works by major painters working in black during that period.

Lee Krasner – White Squares – ca. 1948

Willem de Kooning – Painting – 1948

Fritz Bultman – The Hunter – 1949