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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1950 - 1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tie-dyed silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Under-kimono for a child. The garment is of the normal kimono construction but without the addition of extra material at each side of the front opening. The straight neckband extends to the hem and there is a short overcollar of cream silk. The corners of the sleeves have been folded up and sewn onto themselves at an angle of 45°. A narrow red silk belt is attached at the back of the garment at waist tlevel, another feature of Japanese children's clothing. There is a mid-blue lining which stops short of the hem and does not line the sleeves.
The all-over design consists of bold, scattered green and yellow triangles against a blue-black ground. The motifs were achieved by a combination of stitching and binding before dying.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1950 - 1959 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tie-dyed silk


Length: 116.5 cm including collar, Width: 120 cm across sleeves

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1987/493.

The dates were assigned to this under-kimono and to FE.11, 13, 14 and 15-1987 by the vendor. No further work on the dating has been undertaken in the Department.

Historical context note

For resist techniques of this kind and also pictures of under-kimono see Wada, Y., Kellogg Rice, M., & Barton, J., Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing, Tokyo: Kodansha, 1983. NAL Bibliographic Ref. No.: 505.F.31

For a 19th century juban see Stinchecum, A., Kosode: 16th – 19th Century Textiles from the Nomura Collection New York & Tokyo: Japan Society and Kodansha International, 1984, pp. 190-1, plate 56. NAL Bibliographic Ref. No.: 18.HH.158

Descriptive line

Under-kimono (juban) for a child, green, yellow and black tie-dyed silk, Japan, 1950s


Silk (textile)




Textiles; Children's clothes; Underwear


East Asia Collection

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