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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bast fibre (<i>asa</i>) woven with selectively resist-dyed yarns (<i>kasuri</i>)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Kimono for a child, made from ramie (bast fibre). It is of the usual kimono cut except that there is a vertical tuck at shoulder level both sides, and the sleeves taper towards the wrist, the extra fabric beingretained on the inside. The garment has side and underarm vents. There is a reinforcing lining of cream cotton at back seat level and across the top of the shoulders. A band of cotton also runs all the way round the inside of the collar band. The kimono is secured at waist level with two striped cotton ties.
There is an all-over geometric design in brown produced by the kasuri technique. The background is the natural cream tone of the ramie.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bast fibre (asa) woven with selectively resist-dyed yarns (kasuri)


Height: 110.7 cm, Width: 108.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1981/1804.

Descriptive line

Child's kimono, bast fibre (asa) woven with selectively resist-dyed yarns (kasuri), Japan, 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Anna Jackson, Japanese Country Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 1997, fig 43
Verity Wilson, Country Textiles from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands in the Victoria and Albert Museum, in Orientations July 1983, vol.14 no.7; fig. 15


Ramie; Cotton (textile)


Resist dyeing; Weaving

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns


Textiles; Children's clothes


East Asia Collection

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