Kimono
Synthetic (?)
Stenciled wefts, hand tie-dyed wefts, supplementary metallic wefts

Japanese textiles of the early 20th century began to draw inspiration from many sources, as seen in other examples shown here. This kimono seems to be based on the arts and crafts period textiles made popular by such names as William Morris and Liberty of London. The flower shown here appears to be a tulip, and it is interesting to compare this design to Iznik tiles of Turkey, where the tulip originated.

Several examples of supplementary metallic threads have been shown here in past entries. On this kimono, one metallic thread marks the beginning, and another the end of each set of hand tie-dyed weft threads.

William Morris’s Garden Tulip.

Morris’s Snakehead.

Iznik tiles.

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