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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk crêpe with drawn and dyed decoration and gold and silver leaf

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Marui Co. Inc., Kyoto (President: Keitaro Okumura)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Silk crêpe (chirimen) kimono said by the manufacturers to be in the iro tomesode style (coloured tomosode). The background silk is dark cream, the patterning in colours and silver and gold being confined to the hem area.
This patterning was inspired by a Japanese rimpa style lacquered scroll box on display in the Toshiba Gallery (V&A 701-1901) and the collection of inro. The design consists of willows and flowing water over which are scattered inro. It is hand drawn and dyed in colours with gold and silver leaf fixed with lacquer.
There is a plain white silk lining.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1991 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk crêpe with drawn and dyed decoration and gold and silver leaf


Length: 173 cm excluding collar, Width: 130 cm across shoulders

Object history note

Registered File number 1998/1846.

This kimono was designed and executed under the supervision of Mr Hirotaka Asano of Kyoto and produced under the supervision of Marui Inc., Kyoto.

Descriptive line

Kimono, cream coloured silk crêpe with drawn and dyed decoration and gold and silver leaf, Japan, 1991


Silk (textile); Crêpe; Gold leaf; Silver paper; Oriental lacquer


Weaving; Drawing; Dyeing

Subjects depicted

Willow; Water


Textiles; Clothing


East Asia Collection

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