Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

A kimono like this proves the technical skill of the stencil designer. Although the design is repeated several times, the elements of the design are so well balanced that the eye does not register where the design begins or ends.

With computer aided design, modern textile designers can easily make seamless design repeats. Before computers, however, perfect continuity in a design was a skill mastered with training and experience.