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Kimono with Scattered Lines and Dots

Kimono with Scattered Lines and Dots

1950s

Machine-spun pongee plain weave silk (meisen), with resist-dyed threads

Overall: 149.2 x 126.4 cm (58 3/4 x 49 3/4 in.)

Gift of Julia Meech 2020.84

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Kasuri is the Japanese term for ikat, which means forming patterns with pre-dyed threads.

Description

Composed mainly of bright parallels and diagonals against a dark ground, the bold designs of this meisen kimono are distinctively modern. Meisen generally refers to a type of fabric produced in the Kantō region of Japan between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s. It was fashioned from a variety of materials, especially silk woven from imperfect fibers. This example was made in Chichibu.

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