The short sleeves of this kimono indicate that it was probably worn by a married woman. The delicate design of flowers, birds and butterflies at the water's edge was created using a freehand method of drawing in paste on the fabric surface, a resist-dyeing technique known as yuzen. Touches of red, gold and green embroidery provide added contrast against the blue ground.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1750/1800
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 161 cm, Width: 121 cm
  • Provenance: Given by Mrs Sydney Avis
  • Medium: Embroidered silk crêpe silk with paste-resist decoration (<i>yuzen</i>) and metallic thread, lined with silk

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