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Fireman’s Jacket with Gods of Wind and Thunder


Unlined Meisen Summer Kimono with Cracked-Ice Pattern


Inrō with Tanabata Story of the Weaver and the Herdboy One piece of mother-of-pearl of this inro was colored with gold and incised to create an image of a silk winder. The winder refers to the Weaver Star, who is tragically separated by the Milky Way from her lover, the Cowherd Star. The two are allowed to meet only once a year, a union that is the basis for Tanabata, or the Star Festival, held annually between July 7 and August 7.

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The Rice Bowl Dress
Carolyn Schnurer (1908–98) adapted elements of Japanese costumes and textiles for her Flight to Japan collection. In this example, the neckline is inspired by a reversed kimono. The geometric textile pattern is inspired by sekkazome paper (snow flower or snowflake dyeing), a technique in which mulberry paper is accordion pleated, folded into various patterns and dip dyed. The skirt, which is vertically boned, was inspired by Japanese oilcloth parasols.


Obi with Thistle


The Metropolitan Museum of Art :: Kimono — A Modern History

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