Kimono
Silk, silk and cotton lining
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This design bears an uncanny resemblance to the Bauspiel Building Blocks designed by Bauhaus student Alma Buscher in 1923. A small number of Japanese students enrolled at the Bauhaus, including Michiko Yamawaki, who was enrolled in the weaving workshop and later taught Bauhaus methods in Japan. German art magazines of the period also had subscribers in Japan.

Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, gives a brief illuminating talk and demonstration of Buscher’s building blocks. To see the video, click here.

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