Kimono
Silk, cotton (lining)
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This meisen kimono stands in stark contrast to yesterday’s meisen.  Yesterday’s is based on classical design elements; today’s is based on not only modern but foreign design elements.

The two main design elements on this kimono form an odd but agreeable combination.  The larger design features three stick figures. The central figure, although comprised of little more than a rectangle and two triangles, could easily be interpreted as a man with a spring in his step, hands in his pockets, perhaps whistling.

The smaller design seems to have borrowed heavily from Matisse’s cutouts.

Compare to the Matisse composition below.

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