Japan Geisha in traditional kimono playing the shamisen.

Japan Geisha playing the shamisen. Traditional Japanese kimono.

Japan Geisha playing the shamisen.

Japan Geisha in traditional kimono playing the shamisen 1910s.

Note:  The Hara Kiri scene from the Japanese play of Chiushingura

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The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World Paperback – December 7, 2021
by Virginia Postrel (Author)

From Neanderthal string to 3D knitting, an “expansive” global history that highlights “how textiles truly changed the world” (Wall Street Journal)

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Couture: then and now Clothes define people. A person's clothing, whether it's a sari, kimono, or business suit, is an essential key to his or her culture, class, personality, or even religion. The Kyoto Costume Institute recognizes the importance of understanding clothing sociologically, historically, and artistically.