Woman’s haori
Silk
Stenciled warps, hand tie-dyed wefts (meisen)

Stylistically, this haori is referred to as “Taisho roman”, shorthand for Taisho period romantic style. The long stalks are bamboo, the small button-like flowers are manjugiku, or bun-shaped chrysanthemums, and the large blossoms might be stylized peonies.

The red and yellow scrolling centers of the large blossoms seem to derive from Russian art of the early 20th century. Following the 1917 Revolution, some artists fled to nearby Japan from Russia, and had some influence on Japanese art.

Compare the colors of the 1914 Natalya Goncharova work below, as well as the shaded cylinders, with the blossom above.

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