Dounuki
Silk
Stenciled

This is a dounuki, the underlayer of a kimono set. The unusual motif is a flight of crows. Although fairly true to life and not overly flattering to the subjects, the artist clearly has some affection for the birds, and has portrayed them deftly.

It has been suggested that this was a special order, given the unconventional subject matter. If so, this raises interesting questions about the circumstances that led to the order, who ordered it and who wore it.

The crows appear to have been stenciled, but even between identical crows there are slight differences that indicate careful hand labor.

The borders at the sleeve openings, collar and hem are highly twisted, highly textured chirimen crepe silk.

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