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Kimono of  Floral Trail (1899)

Primarily intended as practical guides to kimono making, 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 that time. The designs, full of auspicious patterns and elements, carry various motifs intended to be worn during certain periods of the year, and others designed for specific events.

Hanakata for Summer: Bats (1899)

Due to their nocturnal life, bats stand for protection and rebirth. In Japanese folklore, they often symbolised good luck, and were used to decorate kimonos and everyday objects. Meanwhile the spider web represents 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. One wonders what the peculiar white shape cut against the red background stands for, likely referring to an unidentified flying creature.


Hanakata for Summer: Flowers (1899) 

Both the chrysanthemum and wisteria are believed to stand for immortality and longevity. The wisteria also represents balance and calmness and the chrysanthemum joyfulness. 

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