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[Yellow, white and coral kimono with shibori sakura design, Ewa, Hawaii, 193-]

Tazawa, Elsie

[Yellow, white and coral kimono with shibori sakura design, Ewa, Hawaii, 193-]
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L: 56.25 in, center back: 23.5 in

Ewa, Hawaii, 1930-1939


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 kimono : cotton ; 56.25 x 23.5 (center back) in., right sleeve 12.5 x 30 in., left sleeve 13 x 30 in., collar 2 in.

Tri-colored cotton kimono with yellow shoulders and collar, white mid-section and coral bottom panels, sleeves are tri-colored and have rounded lower edge. White sakura flowers (cherry blossom) decorate the coral hued area of sleeves (each: one in front, one in back) and lower kimono (three in front, one in back) and black lines outline the design. There are 4-5 rows of pin dots on the back of sleeves and on front and back kimono hem.

Elsie Tazawa made this kimono in the fifth grade in Japanese school, Ewa Sodoshu School, on the Ewa Plantation, Hawaii and wore it to Obon. She learned shibori and dyed her own sarashi cloth. It is an example of what the Nisei generation learned from the Issei.

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