Hitoe
Double kasuri
Ramie (jofu)

This unlined kimono is so transparent that it is easy to see where the material overlaps. The design is very understated, but everything lines up exactly – not only vertically and horizontally, but diagonally as well.

To ensure that the hitoe stays closed, these two ties (below) were added at the collar beneath the breast. The stitchwork that secures them to the hitoe has to be strong but doesn’t need visual appeal, as the ties would be hidden by the casual obi worn over them.

In the top photograph, even from a distance the designs can be made out to some degree. Yet in the close up below, no part of the designs is more than two threads thick, and many parts are only one thread thick.

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