Summer Kimono with Cherry and Plum Blossoms

梅桜文様単衣

1926–59?
Location: not on view
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Karamiori, or leno weave, textiles were introduced to Japan from China in the 700s.

Description

This summer-wear kimono has a bold, tie-dyed pattern in white of cherry and plum blossoms within red rings on a black ground. The weaving technique used is called leno and was introduced to Japan from China in the 700s. It produces a textile that is at once very breathable and stable. The twisted-warp (vertical) threads hold the weft (horizontal) threads like a vise and keep them spaced farther apart, so more air can pass through. The garment is an example of the continued utility of ancient weaving techniques in the modern era.
Summer Kimono with Cherry and Plum Blossoms

Summer Kimono with Cherry and Plum Blossoms

1926–59?

Japan, Shōwa period (1926-89)

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