Over the Blue Horizon

War fabric

Japanese war or propaganda fabric was popular during the first half of the 20th century.  Beginning with the Sino-Japanese War of 1895 (War with China), Japan's military became more assertive, continuing on with the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, World War I, war with China and conflicts with Russia in the 1930's, culminating with the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.  These military successes led the Japanese public into believing that military expansion was necessary for the good of the Japanese empire.   Fabric used in kimono, particularly for children, reflected this spirit of the military modernity and patriotic stirrings.  After World War II much of the propaganda or war fabric was destroyed by order of the US Occupation forces, and little of it has survived to the current day.  Old kimono fabric is easy to find but that with a military motif is rare.  Here is your chance to own a piece of history, interesting in both design value and historical significance. 

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