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

Shown here is an example of one way the kimono ‘canvas’ was broken up on meisen kimonos in the first half of the 20th century: one large narrow vertical stripe decorated with smallish designs paired with another wider vertical stripe decorated with larger designs (or sometimes without designs).

The pink triangles, of varying sizes and angles, appear to be falling in space; the red and white blocks, by contrast, appear solidly structured, like bricks, giving the entire design a series of interesting juxtapositions, as well as a fresh and lively look.

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