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[Dark blue child's kimono with flowers and honeycomb pattern, Waipahu, Hawaii]

Oyama, Matsu [ bio ]

[Dark blue child's kimono with flowers and honeycomb pattern, Waipahu, Hawaii]
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L: 37.5 in, center back: 13 in

Waipahu, Hawaii, unknown


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 kimono : silk ; 37.5 x 13 (center back) in., sleeves 23.25 x 9.5 in., collar 1.5 in.

Dark blue chirimen (silk crepe) child's kimono with yuzen-moyo design of honeycomb and floral pattern composed of white chrysanthemum flowers, pink/white/blue star flowers, pink/white/blue bamboo leaves, pink/brown/orange ivy leaves and giant sage green leaves. Secured with two bright red ties embroiedered with white thread in front. Lined with turquoise fabric across shoulders and center back; cream fabric (4.5 in.) along interior hemline; peach fabric along interior collar. Furisode sleeves have rounded edge.

Elaine Yayoe Suzuki wore this kimono at the age of three for New Years or Girl's Day. Yuzen-moyo denotes a type of design created where images are drawn on silk with rice-paste coating.

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