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Early-Showa (1926-1940)
A meisen-like woven ramie-fibre hitoe kimono, featuring bold 'kiri' (paulownia) on linked-left-orientated swastika called 'sauwastika' motifs. The cloth texture, being ramie, is relatively crisp and 'dry': the wefts are ramie while the warps are of silk. Ramie is a flowering plant in the nettle family, native to Eastern Asia. Two minor holes (one patched) near the collar. 51" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 63" height. This type of ramie kimono are termed in Japan 'chijimi': are linen fabrics made of thin threads spun from natural Choma that are manufactured mainly in Ojiya City. The threads twisted securely during the weaving process give the fabrics their characteristic Shibo (fine, wavy wrinkles). Because they allow air to pass through easily and even look light and cool, they have been loved as people's favorite material to make summer Kimono. To bleach the fabrics and give them a soft texture, the woven fabrics are spread and exposed on snow sometime around February to March. This is called "Yukisarashi", a common sight of this region in early spring. The term sauwastika (or sauvastika) is sometimes used to distinguish the "left-facing" from the "right-facing" form of the swastika symbol. The sauwastika is a natural Buddhist symbol of light, life, health, peace and wealth.
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