Kimono (Japan), 19th century
The delicate floral and geometric pattern that decorates this kimono is so fine as only to be revealed through close examination. Tiny stencil patterns like these, called komon, evoke samurai aesthetics of restraint, and were once worn only by warriors and the nobility. Some families even had exclusive rights to certain patterns. The large stylized floral designs added at the shoulders are feudal family crests.
It is credited
Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles Fund.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 141 × 128.3 cm (55 1/2 × 50 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Kimono (Japan), 19th century; cotton; H x W: 141 × 128.3 cm (55 1/2 × 50 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles Fund; 1975-82-5