Stenciled warps and wefts (meisen)

This modernist kimono, like many others in the modernist vein, draws little from Japanese design vocabulary. In fact, it could be said that it seems to draw inspiration from early 20th century French painter Fernand Leger.

Note the strong use of black in straight lines, wavy lines, dotted lines, cracked lines, checkerboards, crosses, stripes, polka dots, and mottled shading in this design, as well as the supersaturation of colors.

Below is Leger’s Les Constructeurs, dated 1950. Here too are dots, dashes, very strong lines, mottling throughout, and supersaturated colors, characteristic of much of Leger’s work.