Kimono
Silk, cotton (lining)
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen); additional technique (?)

This kimono shows cubist influence.

The dyeing technique appears to be primarily stenciled warps and wefts, but in some areas color appears to have been added after the weaving process. In the photo below, the pink area does not show the rigidly defined warps and wefts characteristic of patterns dyed before the weaving process.  Anyone with information to support this idea (or information to contradict it) is encouraged to write in.

Compare the sharp, irregular angles in the kimono pattern to the cubist painting of the Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay, below.

As noted earlier this week, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art showed a number of early 20th century kimono in 2015, in an exhibition entitled Kimono for a Modern Age.  For the LACMA website, click here.  For an article on the LACMA exhibition, with a series of photographs, click here.

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