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    Hangyoku with colorful obi and kimono. Hand-colored photo, 1905, Japan. Image via Blue Ruin 1 of Flickr

  • Yorke Antique Textiles

    Magic Hiding Hat Obi 1905 by Blue Ruin1, via Flickr. Kakuregasa or “Magic Hiding Hats” one of the auspicious collection of treasures motifs, said to render the wearer invisible to daemons and evil spirits. I found a very similar pattern pictured in a book called “Kimono and the Motifs of Japan” by Katsumi Yumioka.

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la grace est une impression furtive et fragile..une beauté hors de ce monde ...insaisissable et pourtant si offerte a ceux qui savent,les sens en éveil...baisser les yeux ! frederique

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I love the colors and patterns as well as the smoothness of the white paint. Her black hair also makes a really nice contrast.