Kimono
Silk; cotton lining
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This kimono has a Bauhaus-like sensibility.

In order to clean a kimono, it had to be unsewn, then cleaned, then sewn back together. Below is the cleaner’s tag, which enabled the kimono to go back to its owner – in this case, someone named Hasegawa. It is attached with large loose stitches which are easy to remove. Typically, when kimono were cleaned, they were returned to the owner with large white basting stitches at the perimeter as a sign that they had been cleaned. These were then removed by the owner before wearing. There are no such stitches on this kimono, so it may have been worn again following its cleaning, even though the tag is still in place. The tag is sewn into the bottom inside of the right lapel, and would have been unseen by all but the wearer as she dressed.

The designer placed rectangles of contrasting colors in yellow grids on a white background. The grids are interesting because although the grid pattern is the natural result of the warp and weft structure, the dye that makes grid lines has been deliberately applied somewhat unevenly, almost as if to oppose the rigid balance imposed by weaving.

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