Design for a haori
Dated 1901 (Meiji 34)

The sudare (rolling blinds) shown are traditionally associated with the Heian period aristocracy. Designs that invoke the best of the Heian period often have auspicious symbolism.

The designer has made very clever use of the haori’s linear nature by putting the blinds all across the top of the sleeves and the engawa (the long strip of wooden flooring) at the base.  Tension is added with the slightly angled view and the deliberate imbalance between dark and light.