Boy’s omiyamairi kimono
Tsumugi silk, cotton (lining); waste silk padding (sleeves, hem)
Hand painted in sumi, dyes and pigments; rice paste resist

While this is clearly an omiyamairi (kimono for infant’s first shrine presentation), its designs of waves and clouds in zigzagging pine bark lozenges – more in the high spirited painting style of festival wear – break dramatically with standard omiyamairi designs. This would probably have been a special order, and might have been for a family in the traditional performing arts, although the significance of the designs in this context is obscure.

The papers basted over the triple fan crests indicate that it was never worn.

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