Machine-spun pongee plain weave silk (meisen), with resist-dyed threads
Overall: 149.2 x 126.4 cm (58 3/4 x 49 3/4 in.)
Gift of Julia Meech 2020.84
Kasuri is the Japanese term for ikat, which means forming patterns with pre-dyed threads.
Composed mainly of bright parallels and diagonals against a dark ground, the bold designs of this meisen kimono are distinctively modern. Meisen generally refers to a type of fabric produced in the Kantō region of Japan between the mid-1800s and mid-1900s. It was fashioned from a variety of materials, especially silk woven from imperfect fibers. This example was made in Chichibu.
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