Hitoe
Synthetic (?), metallic thread
Stenciled warps, hand tie-dyed wefts, supplementary wefts

The distinctive Charles Rennie Macintosh rose appears in many Japanese garments during the first third of the 20th century.  In this example, to put a different slant on the motif, the designer dispensed with most of the roses’ natural curved lines, and replaced them with hexagons and pentagons. The roses seem to be piled like precariously stacked boxes.

Metallic threads catch and reflect light as the hitoe moves.

Below, the supplementary metallic threads are seen from the reverse side of the fabric. They are inserted in the weft briefly, and then allowed to float on the surface until the next point where they will be inserted.

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