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Kimono

Kimono

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1912-1926 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figured crepe, resist-dyeing, embroidery

  • Museum number:

    FE.23-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This beautiful garment bears the autumnal motif of rabbits playing among flowers and grasses by the light of a moon which shines softly down from the shoulder of the garment. The design has been created using a free-hand resist dyeing technique with special touches, such as the faces and ears of the rabbits, executed in silk embroidery. The ground fabric has been woven with a motif of clouds to suggest a night sky. This kimono may have been worn by a geisha.

Physical description

Unlined kimono (hitoe) of figured crepe silk (mon chirimen) with free-hand resist dyed (yūzen) and embroidered decoration of rabbits among flowers.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1912-1926 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Figured crepe, resist-dyeing, embroidery

Dimensions

Height: 144 cm, Width: 116 cm

Descriptive line

Tex, Japan, resist-dyed, unlined kimono with motif of rabbits, Taishō period

Labels and date

Kimono for a woman
1912–26

This kimono may have been worn by a geisha. It features the autumnal motif of rabbits playing among grasses by the light of the moon, which shines softly down from the shoulder. The design was created using yūzen free-hand resist-dyeing with special touches, such as the faces and ears of the rabbits, executed in embroidery.

Figured crêpe silk with free-hand resist dyeing (yūzen); embroidery in silk and metal-wrapped threads
Museum no. FE.23-2014
[04/11/2015]

Materials

Silk

Categories

Clothing

Collection

East Asia Collection

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