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Taisho period (1911-1927)
A woven silk hitoe (unlined) summer kimono featuring wild carp. Very good condition, with small imperfections. 49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 62" height. The carp (koi) when used on a woman's garment such as this example is emblematic of faithfulness in marriage and general good fortune. Some of the carp are silver and others black; the silver ones were created by silver-metallic thread woven inserts (see the two detail gallery images for face and reverse views of the technique). The kimono 'canvas' with these silver and black carp against a mottled blue atmospheric background is dramatic and experimental, befitting the Taisho period kimono renaissance.
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