This is a summer kimono, or katabira, and is made of hemp, a linen-like fibre well suited to Japan's hot and humid climate. The elegant design of flowers and clouds was created using a technique called yuzen. This involves drawing the pattern on the cloth with rice paste extruded through the metal tip of a cloth bag. The paste forms a protective coat that prevents the colour penetrating when the dyes are applied. The butterflies were created using a tie-dyeing technique called shibori.


  • Title: Kimono
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1820/1880
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 126 cm neck to hem, Width: 114 cm across the shoulders, Length: 49.62 in, Width: 44.87 in
  • Medium: Plain weave bast-fibre (<i>asa</i>) with paste-resist decoration (<i>yuzen</i>) and tie-dyeing (<i>kanoko shibori</i>)

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