Girl’s kimono
Silk, cotton (lining)
Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

The bobbin motif enjoyed great popularity as a design theme in pre-war kimonos. In this child’s kimono, bobbins are paired with clouds, an unusual combination, except when one considers that the bobbin structure itself is drawn to look like a diving airplane. Planes and clouds were also a popular pre-war theme.

Excess material is basted down at the shoulders and waist, so when the young wearer grew taller, the basting stitches could be taken out, and the kimono could continue to be worn at a length and width appropriate to her size.