Hitoe
Silk
Stenciled warps; hand tie dyed wefts; supplementary metallic threads

Insects are a popular theme in all facets of Japanese art, and show up regularly in kimono as well.  Dragonflies and butterflies are the most popular, but crickets (as here) and even water striders are used as summer motifs.

Below, a close-up of a cricket on the face of the hitoe.  Supplementary metallic threads have very carefully been woven in in different lengths and at staggered start and end points so they highlight only the cricket’s body.

Here, the same cricket on the reverse side, showing the back and forth looping of the supplementary threads.

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