- Place of origin:
- Materials and Techniques:
Polychrome figured silk, lining of monochrome figured twill silk (<i>mon aya</i>) and crepe silk (<i>chirimen</i>) with embroidery in metallic thread
- Credit Line:
Given by Mr T. B. Clark-Thornhill
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
The sleeves on this kimono are very long, indicating that it would have been worn by a young, unmarried woman. It has a large padded hem and was designed as an outer kimono for winter wear. The plum motif is a popular design for such kimono as this tree is the first to blossom in the new year. The delicate design on the outside contrasts with the bold combination of lime green and bright red on the inside. The green silk is woven with a pattern that represents rippling water, the curving shapes echoed in the outline of the fabric on the red crepe which is embroidered in gold with scattered flowers. The theme on the lining, of blossoms falling by a riverside, is also suggestive of the coming pleasures of springtime.
Kimono with decoration of plum blossoms.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Polychrome figured silk, lining of monochrome figured twill silk (mon aya) and crepe silk (chirimen) with embroidery in metallic thread
Height: 167 cm, Width: 121.5 cm
Object history note
Registered File number 1973/946.
Kimono with decoration of plum blossoms, polychrome figured silk, lining of monochrome figured twill silk and crepe silk with embroidery in metallic thread, Japanese 1850-1880
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Jackson, Anna. Japanese textiles. London: V&A Publications, 2000, Plates 4, 17.
Crill, Rosemary, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson; with contributions from Anna Jackson and Charlotte Horlyck Dress in detail from around the world London: V&A Publications, 2002, pp. 136-137.
Silk (textile); Metal thread