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The dotera is an insulated kimono adapted to provide warmth through the snowy winters of the Tohoku region. Just 1 generation ago, they were worn every day during everyday tasks. The seemingly ornamental stitches, or sashiko, had the very practical purpose of reinforcing and mending the fabric. More than 300 hours of labor went into the creation of each of these specialized kimono, so it isn’t surprising that in the fast-paced modern world, the dotera is no longer worn. Whether through the passage of time or the dramatic changes in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami of 2011, some crafts specific to this region are quickly becoming relict. The Senninbari Project hopes to remember these heritage techniques and in doing so celebrate the unique character and history of the region. The blue and red piece is composed of 36 squares of fabric featuring the mon or family crest of each of the women who worked on it.