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Haori (kimono jacket)

Haori (kimono jacket)

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1920-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Figured crêpe silk with printed decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A haori is a jacket that is worn over a kimono. This example dates to the 1920s and demonstrates that, while the shape of such garments remained traditional, their decoration often bore an unmistakable contemorary feel. The art deco style featured here was very popular with young women living in major cities such as Tokyo.

Physical description

Kimono jacket (haori) for a woman made from self-patterned crêped silk with an all-over printed abstract design. This design is red, white and yellow on a purple ground. The background silk itself is woven with untwisted warps and paired overtwisted wefts in a plain weave, and the self-pattern of joined loops is made by using the wefts singly either in a balanced plain weave or in a 3/1 twill weave.
The garment is partially lined with bright red self-patterned weave silk.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1920-1930 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Figured crêpe silk with printed decoration


Length: 92.5 cm, Width: 125 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1987/493.

Descriptive line

Haori (kimono jacket), purple self-patterned silk crêpe with a printed abstract design, Japan, 1920-30

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

Jackson, Anna, Japanese Textiles in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 2000, plate 104


Silk (textile); Crêpe


Printing; Plain weave


Textiles; Women's clothes


East Asia Collection

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