Pair of Zori (Zori) thumbnail 1
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Pair of Zori (Zori)

1955 - 1958 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Zori are thonged Japanese sandals. Sumptuously patterned examples such as these are worn on formal occasions.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Zori (Shoe)
  • Zori (Shoe)
Materials and techniques
Twill weave with supplementary wefts
Brief description
Tex, Japan, woven. Pair of zori (shoes) woven with flowers in cream and silver; plastic sole
Physical description
Pair of zori (shoes), wedge shape with thong, woven in cream with supplementary wefts of flat silver and pattern of chrysanthemums, peonies and paulownia. Sole of thick plastic, with extra section creating a slight heel.
Dimensions
  • Length: 25.5cm
  • Width: 8.0cm
  • Height: 4.5cm
Credit line
Given by Sarah Brooks in memory of her mother Bernice Eileen (Wiese) Boo
Object history
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), sash (obi), obi-pad (obimakura), under-sash, under-kimono (nagajuban), underwear (hadajuban and susuyoke), shoes (zori) and sock (tabi), together with a wrapping cloth (furoshiki).
Summary
Zori are thonged Japanese sandals. Sumptuously patterned examples such as these are worn on formal occasions.
Collection
Accession number
FE.41:1, 2-2015

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Record createdMay 22, 2015
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