Child’s festival happi coat
Katazome (stenciled)

Japanese children are welcome participants in all aspects of life. This small jacket has the word ‘Festival’ in on its back, and ‘Children’s Group’ down the collar in the front. Tucks at both shoulders hold excess material in place, so the happi can see some additional use even if the child has grown by the time of the next festival. The lion and peony motif is often associated with the Noh drama “Shakkyo” (“Stone Bridge”), a play performed for celebratory occasions.

A comparison of the face and reverse simultaneously shows that this happi was stenciled on one side, then dipped in the dye bath. The outside has a clear design where the paste resist was, while the reverse is all indigo-colored.