1940s japan


Summer kimono.  Early Showa Period (1927-1940), Japan.  A sheer “ro” (gauze) hitoe (unlined) silk kimono featuring joined-swastika and waterwheel motifs. The waterwheels were all hand-created by inserting silver threads manually - astonishing is that this insert work cannot be seen on e the backside of the cloth.  The Kimono Gallery.


Hangyoku by Junichi Nakahara 1950 by Blue Ruin 1

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />A vintage postcard from &quot;Himawari&quot; (Sunflower) a women's magazine published by renowned illustrator Junichi Nakahara between 1947 and 1952.

Winter Wedding Kimono. 1940-1960, Japan.  The Kimono Gallery. A large and heavy silk winter wedding furisode uchikake featuring yuzen-dyed cycad, basho leaves and waves, with metallic embroidery couching highlights on the lower portion of the garment. About ninety percent of the garment is painted with yuzen-dyes, with the other ten percent or so consisting of the black background. Padded hem and an white second kimono inner layer, called “hiyoku”. Five small mon (family crests).