This striking kimono has long swinging sleeves, indicating that it would have been worn by a young unmarried woman, while the large padded hem reveals that it was designed as an outer garment for winter wear. The shimmering white ground has been embroidered with chrysanthemums and other flowers and large butterflies, no two of which are the same.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850/1899
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 73 in centre back, Width: 123 cm shoulders, Width: 48.5 in shoulders
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs Mockett
  • Medium: Embroidered silk damask with silk threads and gold thread, padded, lined with satin and silk crêpe

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