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Asa, silk (collar lining)
Chijimi (twisted and untwisted threads), weft kasuri

This hitoe, probably from the Taisho period, is made of unbleached asa. The small motifs are atypical in design, placement, number and juxtaposition, and are not always identifiable.

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A typical Japanese flower arrangement will showcase several flowers, while a western flower arrangement is more likely to be a bouquet in which many flowers are bunched together. This kasuri pattern, somewhat unusually, shows western influence.

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