Silk; leno weave with tie-dye
Gift of John C. Weber 2020.429
Karamiori, or leno weave, textiles were introduced to Japan from China in the 700s.
This summer-wear kimono has a bold, tie-dyed pattern of plum and cherry blossoms in white within red rings on a black ground. The weaving technique used is called leno, or karamiori in Japanese. It produces a textile that is at once very breathable and stable, for while it is gauzelike, the twisted-warp threads hold the weft threads like a vice.
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