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A Small Paper Hinagata: Backlit

December 15, 2011

Last week I offered this paper hinagata, or practice kimono on the webshop and as it’s hanging here in the showroom, and as I like the way it looks on this dim December day, I thought I’d post a few photos.It’s a child’s kimono rendered to size in repurposed ledger paper; the actual seams which construct the shape of the kimono are stitched, but the horizontal seams that you see in the backlit photo, below, are glued.When seen with light streaming through it, I think the perception of its beauty is altered–and maybe enhanced.As I said on the webshop posting, this piece is most likely from the Meiji era (1868 – 1912) or just slightly later.Oh, and I like my little raw cotton fiber arrangement shown above, so I thought I’d offer a quick view onto that, too.

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