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Satin weave silk (<i>shu</i>), with embroidery in silk and metallic threads
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This kimono is an uchikake or outer kimono and would have been worn during the winter months. It is exquisitely embroidered, using a great variety of stitches, with different scenes derived from Japanese art, legends and literature.
Kimono embroidered with landscape scenes that include a mountain top pavilion with waterfall and blossoming tree with broom. The women's light blue satin silk (shu) kimono, with long hanging sleeves (furisode), is padded and lined throughout with scarlet Japanese silk. This Japanese silk lining continues beyond the bottom of the blue satin and encases a thick roll of padding to form a wadded hem. The kimono is embroidered with landscape scenes (see register for detailed description of motifs), and is mostly executed in coloured twisted silk satin stitch, knot stitch (sagura-nui), and wrapped gold and coloured silk laid and couched work. Some of the embroidery has been raised over cord. In places, touches of paint have been added to the embroidery.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Satin weave silk (shu), with embroidery in silk and metallic threads
Length: 175.5 cm, Width: 126 cm
Object history note
Purchased. Registered File number 1981/1201.
Kimono, satin weave silk embroidered with scenes, Japan, Taisho-Showa period, 1820-1860.
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Jackson, Anna. Japanese Textiles in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A, 2000. Plate 24. ISBN 1851773169
Silk (textile); Silk thread; Metallic thread
Painting (image-making); Embroidery; Satin weave; Couching (embroidering); Satin stitch
Landscapes (representations); Peonies; Chrysanthemum; Bridges (built works); Cranes (birds); Pavilions (garden structures); Iris; Seasons; Carriages; Waterfall; Fans (costume accessories); Parasols; Trees, Pines; Trees, Willow; Punts; Trees, maple; Plover; Treasure ship
Textiles; Clothing; Myths & Legends; Embroidery; Fashion