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Inspirational Piece: Hakama
from Collection and Inspiration 2001

acetate jacquard, cotton, cotton thread
40.0 × 43.0 cm (folded)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2001
Gallery location
Not on display
Inspirational Piece: Hakama, (c. 1980s). The Hakama of purple acetate jacquard is traditionally worn at age 3 in Japan. The fabric features a large repeated circular design of pairs of entwined fronds encircling a central motif of speared lotus leaves on two axis. Comprising a single white horizontal ribbon band from which the body of the garment is attached in a series of wide inward facing pleats - five at front and rear. The garment is folded so that the sides extend diagonally out to a point and then down a straight seam edge to the hemline.