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Early Showa (1926-1940)
An early rayon kimono featuring bamboo and 'ume' (plum) blossom motifs. 48” from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 57” height. Bamboo and plum both flower in the winter, so this is likely a winter kimono. The bamboo represents honesty. When a bamboo is cut, emptiness is found inside. Nothing evil is hidden within. The bamboo is the symbol of the application of discipline and of the person who remains loyal in all events. The Japanese plum flower stands for beauty, nobility, and courage. This is because the plum flower puts forth blossoms while the snow is still on the ground. The plum tree flowers before all the others.
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