On this kimono, the shibori, or tie-dyeing, technique has been used to create a pattern of paper gift ornaments in the shape of butterflies. This has been combined with a motif of embroidered orange blossoms (tachibana). The red colour of the kimono suggests that the wearer was a young woman, although the short sleeves indicate that she was already married.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1800/1850
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 185.5 cm down back seam, including collar, Width: 137 cm across sleeves
  • Medium: Figured silk satin with embroidered and resist-dyed decoration

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