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A Paper Hinagata or Practice Kimono: Meiji Era Ledger Book Pages

Written on November 19, 2011

I really love this.  This is a hinagata, or a kind of practice kimono, that is glued together from Meiji era (1868-1912)  ledger book pages.The kimono is a scaled-down adult one: it measures 45″ x 43″ or 114.5 cm x 109 cm.When the sun illuminates this kimono from behind, it becomes a lantern of sorts, and its character is completely different than what I am showing here today.

I’ve never seen one like this before I found this one.  There are two others, smaller.  Maybe I’ll show them on a later post.



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  1. Comment by Jean Betts:

    totally incredible piece, it takes paper patterns to a new level.

    November 19, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

  2. Comment by velma:

    oh, wow, stephen. sometimes i can’t believe how wonderful japanese paper/textiles can be…and this, well, seeing this has made my day. wonderful. wonderful.

    November 21, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

  3. Comment by The Japanese Paper Place:

    Wow, thanks for sharing this! We’ve just linked to your post from our Facebook page so our followers can enjoy it too.

    November 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am

  4. Comment by heather at wordplayhouse®:

    I will have to share your beautiful space here with our daughter. She is young, but already has a love of all things Japanese. She is learning Kanji, loves origami and her favorite food has been sushi since around 3. So, she would love what you share here. Lovely.

    November 28, 2011 @ 1:23 pm