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    Woman's undergarment (nagajuban) in crêpe silk printed with large fans. The sections of the pleated fans are in pale pink and blue alternately, threaded through with ribbons outlined in red, and arranged on a red ground simulating shibori kanoko dots. Fully lined in red: the sleeves in red silk; the body in red cotton. The collar has an additional facing of white cotton.


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    • 1940s
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    • Length: 122 centimetres (collar to hem)
    • Width: 125 centimetres (across sleeves)
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    • 87JP045 (Aranow no.)
Woman's peach linzu silk haori kimono, with yuzen stencil dyeing.

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Woman's peach linzu silk haori kimono, with yuzen stencil dyeing.

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