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Kimono

late 19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The kimono, which means 'the thing worn', is the traditional garment of Japan. From the 16th century it was the main item of clothing for both sexes and all classes of society. This child's robe was made and worn in Okinawa, the largest of the islands in the Ryukyuan archipelago that stretches to the south of mainland Japan. The rhythmic design of a stylized stream, ducks and irises was particularly favoured by the Ryukyuan aristocracy. It was created using stencils and bright mineral pigments using a technique called bingata.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plain weave cotton with stencilled decoration (bingata)
Brief Description
Child's kimono of plain weave cotton, Shuri, late 19th century
Physical Description
Kimono for a child of plain weave cotton with stencilled decoration (bingata) with design of irises and ducks beside a stream.
Dimensions
  • Height: 85.3cm
  • Width: 79.0cm
Styles
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1962/2747.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The kimono, which means 'the thing worn', is the traditional garment of Japan. From the 16th century it was the main item of clothing for both sexes and all classes of society. This child's robe was made and worn in Okinawa, the largest of the islands in the Ryukyuan archipelago that stretches to the south of mainland Japan. The rhythmic design of a stylized stream, ducks and irises was particularly favoured by the Ryukyuan aristocracy. It was created using stencils and bright mineral pigments using a technique called bingata.
Bibliographic References
  • Earle, Joe, ed. Japanese art and design London: V&A Publishing, 1986, p. 179.
  • Sekai ni hokoru Ryukyu ocho bunka iho ten: Yoruppa Amerika hizo (Ryukuan art treasures from European and American collections), Okinawa, Urasoe Bijutsukan, 1992
  • Jackson, Anna. Japanese country textiles. London: V&A Publications, 1997, Fig. 64.
Collection
Accession Number
T.19-1963

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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