Kimono
Silk, cotton (lining)
Stenciled warp kasuri (meisen)

Arrows and crosses are among the easier designs to achieve using traditional kasuri. For an arrow, an area of thread that looks like a square or rectangle is resisted, but each warp thread is manually moved slightly higher or lower – or each weft thread manually moved slightly to the right or left – compared to the next thread, so the square shape is transformed into the point and wings of an arrow. This kimono was stenciled, opening up the design possibilities exponentially. But here the motifs remain traditional, while the innovations lie in the multiple eye-popping colors made possible by stenciling with chemical dyes and in the highly magnified sizes popular on kimonos in the early 20th century.

Below, the yellow warps stand out checkerboard-like against the black wefts.

These kanji were sewn inside the neckline.  They appear to read 人寸法, but Daily Japanese Textile welcomes other readings.

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