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  • Place of origin:

    Niigata (prefecture) (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century - early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bast fibre woven with selectively pre-dyed yarns (kasuri)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cloth for this kimono was made in Niigata, a mountainous area in north-west Japan. In the 19th century, Niigata, or Echigo as it was then known, became famous for its fine quality ramie cloth characteristically patterned with a small hatched design. Although woven in quite a remote rural area, this linen-like fabric was used for kimono worn by wealthy merchants and samurai in large cities such as Edo (present-day Tokyo), Osaka and Kyoto.

Physical description

Kimono of ramie woven with selectively pre-dyed yarns (kasuri) in a small-scale hatched pattern in white on a blue ground. The top section is lined with fine white cotton of fairly open plain weave.

Place of Origin

Niigata (prefecture) (possibly, made)


late 19th century - early 20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bast fibre woven with selectively pre-dyed yarns (kasuri)


Length: 139.0 cm, Width: 131.0 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1982/1458.

Historical context note

Thre is a similar fragment of kasuri hemp in the textile sample album T.172-1963, with the provenance Echigo province (Niigata Prefecture).

Descriptive line

Kimono, bast fibre woven with selectively pre-dyed yarns (kasuri), Japan, prossibly Niigata Prefecture, late 19th - early 20th century

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

Jackson, Anna, Japanese Country Textiles, London: V&A Publications, 1997, page 61, fig 36


Ramie; Cotton (textile)


Resist dyeing; Plain weave


Clothing; Textiles


East Asia Collection

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