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[Handmade bunmawashi (compass) for white lines]

[Handmade bunmawashi (compass) for white lines]
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compass
L: 3.875 in
bamboo
metal
string
horsehair

Hawaii, unknown

(2004.1.160)

Gift of Barbara Kawakami

Description

1 compass : bamboo, metal, string, horsehair ; 3.875 in.

Handmade bunmawashi (compass) made of bamboo and metal with horsehair (?) paintbrush (2.5 in., 0.75 in. bristles) attached with string. Bamboo is split and jointed to make the compass; a tiny nail at one end serves as the pivot point. Bristles of the brush form a very fine point; white paint caked on.

History
Mrs. Shizu Kaigo used the compass to draw a circle with fine fude (brush) tip to make kamon or mon (Japanese family crest) on formal kimonos for the Japanese community in Hawaii. This compass was used for white lines, the other (2004.1.161) for black lines.

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