Hitoe
Silk and rayon (?)
Warp kasuri with hand tie-dyed wefts

This lightweight unlined hitoe is summer wear, but the bush clover motif is closely associated with autumn. The Japanese are keenly in tune with their natural surroundings, and are familiar with the seasonality of local plants. Because of the heat and humidity of Japanese summers, it was thought that one way to stave off the oppressive heat would be to think of the coming cooler autumn months, and the bush clover, among other autumn plants, evokes the crisper weather ahead.

The bright colors of this hitoe would have been appropriate for a young unmarried woman, and the large designs and exaggerated sleeve length date it to the early part of the twentieth century.

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