|Kanji, Kana & Pronunciation|
Hira-nui is an embroidery stitch worked in a similar way to satin stitch. Untwisted silk floss is used and the resulting work is flat and shiny. Hira-nui is often used to completely fill in shapes such as flower petals and leaves.
Silk floss (untwisted thread) is used to work hira-nui. Long stitches are laid down to completely fill an area.
Hira-nui has been used in some form in Japan since before kimono were kimono, but as a decorative technique it attained popularity in the Momoyama Period. During the Edo period it was not controlled by sumptuary laws and saw a increase in use.
The labor intensive nature of embroidery means hira-nui is usually saved for embellishing formal pieces today.
Formality & TPO
TPO - Within Japan
|Hotel Wedding Reception||Yes|
|Restaurant Wedding Reception||Yes|
| Yes - Acceptable to wear. |
OK - OK to wear if no suitable alternatives.
No - Unacceptable to wear.
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