About this artwork
This hitoe (an unlined summer kimono) features an allover pattern of overlapping and interconnected hemp-leaf (asa no ha) motifs with a scattering of blossoms among the centers of various leaves. A popular traditional motif, the hemp leaf has auspicious symbolism. Additionally, it has an older history relating to textile production, as the plant’s fibers were spun into thread for weaving.
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- Silk, weft resist dyed (kasuri) plain weave; stenciled (kata yûzen-zome); partially lined with cotton, plain weave
- 160.4 x 131.2 cm (63 1/8 x 51 5/8 in.) Warp repeat: 73.7 cm (29 in.)
- Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays