Propaganda Kimono
Man's Haori  |  Rayon, printed cotton lining |  36 x 48"

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Propaganda Kimono

The awkward looking planes on the graphic lining of this haori are Mitsubishi Ki.2-II type 9 light bombers. Used extensively in China they were later called "Louise" by the allied troops in WWII.

Inexpensive printed cottons like this, typically used as lining material in men's rayon haori of the late 1930's, were a proletarian response to the traditional silks of this ancient silk-loving country. After 1937 cottons increased in popularity by necessity as Japan shifted to a total war footing and luxury goods became both harder to find and patriotically suspect.