Hitoe (unlined kimono)
Stenciled warps, hand tie-dyed wefts, supplementary metallic wefts

In the early 20th century, Japanese culture made a major shift away from focusing on the group in favor of focusing on the individual. Part of this shift included a new emphasis on sporting activities such as swimming, skiing and sailing. This kimono celebrates sailing with unusually crude but oddly charming yachts.

The hand tie-dyed wefts, often seen in the design motifs of kimonos of the period, seem to add an illusion of speed to the boats.

Here the paper-backed metallic thread, seen on the reverse side of this unlined kimono, can be seen winding around the silk fibers.