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Kimono

Kimono

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven, plain weave

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rev. Zenko Croysdale

  • Museum number:

    FE.93-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This set of Zen Buddhist robes was donated to the Museum by Zenkō Croysdale. Zenkō Croysdale (1919-2007) was an English man, born Charles G. Croysdale, who lived as a Zen novice and priest in Japan from 1971-1976. During this period, he stayed in several temples each belonging to different schools of Zen Buddhism. He chronologically practiced in: Antai-ji, Kyoto (Soto school), Ryūtaku-ji ( Rinzai School), Manpuku-ji, Kyoto, (Obaku school) and Hakuho-ji Chigasaki (Soto School). His Tokudo, ceremony that marks a practitioner’s ordination as a Zen priest, took place on April, 8th, 1976. After his time in Japan, he travelled to India and Thailand and subsequently returned to the UK in 1980. In September 2001, Zenko Croysdale donated to the Museum his set of Zen monk’s robes and accessories.

Such a set of monk’s clothing and utilitarian objects are rare items in Museum’s collection and offer a valuable insight into the daily life of Zen monk. The set includes
A black outer robe (koromo) in black cotton with black obi.
A off-white plain cotton Kimono and white obi.
A white plain weave cotton undershirt (juban)
A pair of tradition socks (tabi) and wooden clogs (geta).
A pair of straw sandals and white cotton leg protectors worn by the monk during their daily alms.
A straw hat.
A black Kesa, a black and white bowing mat (zagu), a black silk mini kesa (rakusu) in a silk multicoloured brocade pouch,
A paper fan, plastic hanger, black lacquered wooden bowl for the alms and a stoneware incense box.

Physical description

Kimono, off white fabric. Such a kimono would be worn, summer and winter, below the outer robe (koromo) and above the undershirt vest (juban).

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven, plain weave

Dimensions

Height: 142 cm, Width: 70 cm, Height: 53 cm sleeve, Width: 53 cm sleeve

Descriptive line

Kimono, tex, Japan, 20th century

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Woven

Categories

Clothing; Buddhism; Ceremonial objects

Collection

East Asia Collection

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