Child's kimono: design of a crane with shōchikubai pattern

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Child's kimono: design of a crane with shōchikubai pattern

Textiles / Meiji / Japan

Meiji period

Ramie in kasuri

L.72.0cm W.60.3cm

It is a child's kimono with the design of a crane with shōchikubai pattern. The small size kimono is called hitotsumi, as it was sewn from "one width" of fabric, probably worn by a girl about three years old.Since a child's kimono is small requirng only one piece of fabric and no stitching on the back (two widths of fabric are needed for the back of a regular-size kimono), a long thread or an appliqué is sewn onto the back in place of stitching. This special thread or appliqué is called semamori (or "back protector"). On this kimono one can see rectangular stitching done in red thread as semamori.

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