Hitoe

A work made of silk and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper strip, warp resist dyed (kasuri) plain weave.

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  • A work made of silk and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper strip, warp resist dyed (kasuri) plain weave.

Date:

Taishô period (1912–1926)/ Shôwa period (1926–1989), c. 1925

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This indigo dyed hitoe (an unlined summer kimono) presents an overall pattern of overlapping and interconnected asa no ha, or hemp-leaf motifs. Taking on a hexagonal form, the hemp leaf is boldly enlarged. A traditional motif, the hemp leaf was an extremely popular pattern for informal kimonos during the Taisho and early Showa periods. The enlarged design on this hitoe is connected to the revival of the Genroku style (1688–1704), which was very popular at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Title

Hitoe

Origin

Japan

Date

1915–1935

Medium

Silk and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper strip, warp resist dyed (kasuri) plain weave

Dimensions

159.4 x 128 cm (62 3/4 x 50 3/8 in.) Warp repeat: 76.8 cm (30 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays

Reference Number

1999.599

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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