silk warp print

Kimono, 1920s/30s, Taishô period (1912–1926) /Shôwa period (1926–1989), Japan.

Silk, stencil-printed warp and weft (heiyo kasuri) plain weave; lined with cotton, plain weave
155 x 127 cm (61 x 50 in.)

Louise Lutz Endowment, 1997.641

At first glance, the strong geometric and rhythmic angular forms of this striking kimono display the influence of the Bauhaus, de Stijl, or Futurism. The stencil with an abstract design on view in this gallery demonstrates the pre-existing Japanese artistic inclination toward geometrical forms and abstraction. Overall, the design plays with rectilinear and curvilinear shapes and spatial relationships, characteristics of Japanese design.