Propaganda Kimono
Boy's Omiyamairi  |  Silk  |  37 x 33"

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Propaganda Kimono

Omiyamairi, while kimono-like in shape, are more symbol than garment. Very long with very long sleeves, these luxurious textiles are used to swaddle infants on their first visit to a Shinto shrine for naming when they reach 30 days of age. The babies are wrapped in the omiyamairi, typically held by their grandmothers, and presented before the priest for good luck. Because the garments are used only once, they are often in perfect condition.

The collection includes several examples from the 1930's with exquisite, but surprisingly militaristic fabric designs.