This kimono would have been worn by a woman of the samurai class, the ruling military elite of Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868). The design has has been created using a paste-resist method called chaya-zome, which involves the extensive coverage of the fabric with rice paste, leaving only small areas of design to create the pattern when the cloth is dyed. This highly skilled and expensive technique, which results in an indigo blue design on a white ground, was reserved for the summer kimono of high ranking samurai women. Here the technique has been combined with a stencil-dyeing technique called kata kanoko and embroidery in silk and metallic threads.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1800/1850
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 141 cm neck to hem (excluding collar), Width: 125 cm across the shoulders, Length: 153 cm down back seam (including collar)
  • Medium: Crepe silk with paste-resist decoration (chaya-zome), stencilled imitation tie-dye (kata kanoko) and embroidery in silk and metallic threads

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