kimono; nagajuban

Inner kimono, nagajuban, with detachable white collar. The colour fades from medium blue to pale from hem to shoulder. Painted on the shoulders, across the back, are five Daruma figures: familiar to all Japanese, they represent Bodhi Dharma, a Buddhist monk depicted as 'a round, stern-faced, legless ball whose head blends directly into his shoulders.' They are outlined in black, and simply painted in a restricted palette of blue, rust, white and flesh colour, with the words 'he never falls.' Overall width and length 138.5 cm, 54 1/2 in.

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