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

The nature of basic weaving – the one on one interaction of warps and wefts – is such that it encourages stripes and plaids. These are accomplished by simply changing the color of a group of warps and/or a group of wefts, usually at set intervals. It is a fast, effective and economical way of introducing additional colors and designs.

This kimono is almost tongue-in-cheek because it first tempts the eye to register “plaid”, and then confuses the eye by not following the rigidly straight lines made by warps and wefts we are accustomed to. In all of these photos, it is clear that the design is completely independent of the warps and wefts. The artist emphasizes this by making some of the lines almost wavy, and creating odd angles that would be impossible to produce using the traditional yarn-dye method.

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