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1926

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1945

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2013

2019

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Kimono (Japan), 1926–45

This is a Kimono. It was designed by Unknown. It is dated 1926–45 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is silk, lined in rayon and cotton and its technique is plain weave, stencil-printed in warp and weft (meisen). It is a part of the Textiles department.

The earthquake that devastated Tokyo in 1923, in conjunction with the mass relocation of young people to the urban area, prompted the wholesale reinvention of Tokyo as a sophisticated, modern city. A rapidly-expanding network of commuter rail lines encouraged suburban living. This mid-20th-century design reflects the evolution of urban and suburban landscape as a hallmark of modernity.

It is credited Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles and General Acquisitions Endowment Funds.

  • Mirror, ca. 1790
  • japanned wood, mirrored plate glass.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-230

Its dimensions are

H x W: 152.4 x 125.7 cm (60 in. x 49 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Kimono (Japan), 1926–45; Designed by Unknown ; silk, lined in rayon and cotton; H x W: 152.4 x 125.7 cm (60 in. x 49 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from Friends of Textiles and General Acquisitions Endowment Funds; 2013-15-2

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