Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.



  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1955 - 1958 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rib weave with supplementary warps

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sarah Brooks in memory of her mother Bernice Eileen (Wiese) Boo

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Kimono have no buttons or clasps so are secured around the waist with a sash called an obi. During the Edo period (1615-1868) the obi grew wider and more elaborate until it assumed more of a decorative than practical function. It is under-sashes, such as this mid-20th century example, that actually keep the kimono closed.

Physical description

Under-sash, green rib weave silk, with central panel woven with geometric patterns in supplementary warps and bordered with gold thread. The warp ends are divided into 16 tassels which are knotted and then plaited.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1955 - 1958 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Rib weave with supplementary warps


Length: 195.5 cm Length with tassels, Length: 110.5 cm Length without tassels, Width: 10.7 cm

Object history note

This kimono ensemble belonged to Bernice Eileen Boo (1930-2010). Brought up on a small farm in Spencer, Iowa, she became a teacher of music for the US Department of Defense. She subsequently travelled the world teaching music, English, and other subjects to the children of families living on military bases. She taught at the Narimasu High School, Grant Heights, Tokyo, Japan, from 1957-1959, which is when she probably acquired this outfit which consists of a summer kimono (hitoe), obi (sash), obi-pad (obimakura), under-sash, under-kimono (nagajuban), underwear (hadajuban and susuyoke), shoes (zori) and sock (tabi), together with a wrapping cloth (furoshiki).

Descriptive line

Tex, Japan, woven. Under-sash of green silk woven with a central section of geometric patterns; Shōwa period






East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.