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Kimono Fragment, with Embroidered and Couched Designs of Plum, Bamboo and Pine

Accession Number
1930.38

Title
Kimono Fragment, with Embroidered and Couched Designs of Plum, Bamboo and Pine

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1860-1900

Medium & Support
silk crepe (chirimen) with embroidery and couched metallic threads

Dimensions
22 1/8 in x 18 1/8 in x 3/16 in (56.2 cm x 46.04 cm x 0.48 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
Pine, bamboo and plum are the "three friends of winter": pines are always green (a symbol of longevity), bamboo do not bend with the weight of snow (integrity), and plum flowers bloom in the midst of winter (fortitude). Here these popular motifs have been embroidered onto a rose-dyed silk crepe. The black threads that once outlined the tree trunk have mostly fallen away; they were dyed with iron, which oxidizes and rots the threads with exposure to light.
Metallic embroidery thread came into use in the seventeenth century. It was made by wrapping tiny strips of gold- or silver-foil coated paper around a silk or cotton fiber. Because it could not be passed through the cloth without damage, it was laid on top of the fabric and couched down at intervals with silk thread.
Exhibited in "Japanese Costumes & Ceramics, Past & Present," October 2001-February 2002. Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art

Primary Object Classification
Textile

Primary Object Type
fragment

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
bamboo
flowers
pines

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