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Kimono with Diamonds

Kimono with Diamonds

1930s-50s

Machine-spun plain weave pongee silk (meisen) with resist-dyed threads

Overall: 151.1 x 125.1 cm (59 1/2 x 49 1/4 in.)

Gift of Julia Meech 2020.85

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Kasuri is the Japanese term for ikat, which means forming patterns with pre-dyed threads.

Description

Composed of diamonds in black, white, red, and light brown, 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 made of a variety of materials, including silk woven from imperfect fibers, machine-spun silk, and even rayon.

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