Historical Development of Kimono Patterns

The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN

Homongi Kimono 'Gion matsuri festival', Toshio Koito, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Historical development of Kimono patterns
The basic design and pattern layout of the modern kimono derives from the design of kosode (short-sleeved kimono) popular during Momoyama and Edo periods.
Costume for Noh players, 1999, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Kosode of Momoyama period
The completion of the shape and design of kosode kimono took place in Momoyama period. This Noh costume is a typical example of kosode design and pattern layout of that time.
Costume for Noh players, 1999, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
All the patterns are created by exquisite technique of Nishijin-ori weaving.
Homongi Kimono 'Foliage in Arashiyama', 1999, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Kanbun era patterns (1661-1673)
In Edo period, dynamic composition of patterns arranged in semicircle from right shoulder to the left part of kimono hem appeared. They were named “Kanbun era patterns” and were usually finished with shibori dyeing technique or embroidery.
Homongi Kimono 'Foliage in Arashiyama', 1999, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN

This is a tie-dye kimono. Can you believe that each tiny dot was tied by hands of skilled artisans?

Homongi Kimono 'Foliage in Arashiyama', 1999, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN

The golden maple leaves are embroidered.

Kimono by Kosaikai group 7, 2007, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Genroku era patterns (1688-1704)
The features of Genroku era patterns are less prominent than those of Kanbun era, but as yuzen dyeing rose in popularity, they became larger and bolder.
Kimono by Kosaikai group 7, 2007, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Kimono by Kosaikai group 7, 2007, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN

Outside & inside of shoji, a paper sliding door. The shadow of flowers through the paper sliding door is also designed.

Kimono by Kosaikai group 11, 2007, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Contemporary patterns
Contemporary kimono are decorated not only with traditional natural motifs, but also with modern geometric or abstract patterns.
Homongi Kimono 'Snowmans', Junichi Yanagida, 2003, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Kimono designed by the student of college of arts 4, Unknown, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Homongi Kimono 'Kyoto in purple', Yoshikatsu Iwata, 2003, From the collection of: The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, FUREAIKAN
Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
Home
Explore
Nearby
Profile