World events often influence fashion. President Theodore Roosevelt sent a fleet of ships around the world to promote peace in 1908. They visited Japan in October 1908, and a treaty with Japan was signed in 1909. News reports sparked the interest in Japanese dress such as this kimono. It is a light robe which has the T-shape of the traditional dress of Japan. The material is satin, with a black print with white collar and wide full length Magyar sleeves. While a traditional kimono closes right over left and was secured with a belt called an Oboe. Ours is of good quality satin with tucks across the shoulders to provide fullness which is confined with a white ribbon.
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