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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain weave silk with all-over geometric decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's kimono cut in the traditional way and made from plain weave silk with an all-over near-repeating geometric design in black, white and yellow on a red ground. The exact technique has not been ascertained but the vendor from whom the kimono was purchased called it meisen. This seems to be a form of mechanical kasuri whereby the warps and wefts are printed, rather than tied and resist dyed, before weaving commences.
The top section of the kimono is lined with cream plain weave cotton, the lower section and collar band are lined with pink silk crêpe and the sleeves are lined with red plain weave cotton. There is a horizontal tuck tacked up just above waist level

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1950s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Plain weave silk with all-over geometric decoration


Height: 145.0 cm, Width: 127.0 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1987/493.

Historical context note

For new research on Meisen - a trade name - the production of which began in 1909 in Isezaki, see the excellent article:
Kobayashi Keiko (tr. Nagano, N.), 'The Effect of Western Technology on Japanese Kasuri: Development, Innovation and Competition' in The Textile Museum Journal, vols 40 & 41 (2001-2), pp.2-33.

Descriptive line

Kimono, red plain weave silk with an all-over geometric design, Japan, 1950s


Silk (textile)


Plain weave; Printing


Textiles; Women's clothes


East Asia Collection

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