Taisho Era, omeshi (woven pattern) raw silk

The surface design of this kimono resembles architectural decorative detail from the early Art Deco movement, before it was heavily influenced by the streamlined International Style. The world was introduced to Art Deco at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, in which Japan participated.

below: Mary A. Bowles Building, Douglas Dacre Stone architect, Oakland, CA, 1931.