Primarily intended as practical guides to kimono making, these hinagata-bon fashion plates were frequently enjoyed purely for their aesthetic and aspirational value. Examples from the Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji (1868-1912) Periods offer wonderful insight into the vibrant fabrics popular during this time. Full of auspicious patterns and elements. Certain motifs and styles could only be worn during certain periods of the year and some of them even during only a couple of very specific days.
Hanakata for Summer: Bats (1899)
Due to their nocturnal life, bats stand for protection and rebirth. Meanwhile the spider web represents shows resilience and hard work.
Hanakata for Summer: Flowers (1899)
The passing of time and life is represented through flowers of all seasons, with their auspiciousness they guaranteed the wearer’s good fortune.
Both the chrysanthemum and wisteria are believed to stand for immortality and longevity. The wisteria also represents balance and calmness and the chrysanthemum joyfulness.