About this artwork
This hitoe (an unlined summer kimono) displays a very simple patter of crosses (juji) and a four-petal flower-like motif. The tiny patterning of this kimono was created through a warp and weft resist-dyed technique known as oshima kasuri (named for the Japanese island Amami Oshima). This version of kasuri was developed after 1868 and achieved with the assistance of graph paper or mise-en-carte paper imported from Europe. Sophisticated and highly valued, the growing popularity of small patterened oshima kasuri led to additional adaptations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that allowed for increasingly small, instricate designs that required less labor to produce.
Currently Off View
- Silk, warp and weft resist-dyed (oshima kasuri) plain weave
- 158.4 x 127.3 cm (62 1/2 x 50 1/8 in.) Repeat: 18 x 16.5 cm (7 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.)
- Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays