Pink and white silk bokashi-dyed underkimono with woven designs of triangles

Accession Number

Pink and white silk bokashi-dyed underkimono with woven designs of triangles


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
Satin damask with twill designs

54 5/16 in. x 53 1/8 in. ( 138 cm x 135 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi

Label copy
In the language of kimono, colored tomesode are slightly less formal than black. A married woman would wear this type of kimono for the wedding of a nephew or niece or a business associate to whom she and her husband served as matchmakers. Colored tomesode are accompanied by brocade obi, here with gold embellishments, tied around the midsection; the sheer bulk and abundance of such an obi would have perfectly matched the festive mood of a wedding. Accessories are equally important for formal occasions: sandals made of multicolored woven silk fabric and a hand-woven obi cord would be worn with a colored tomesode and brocade obi.
(Wrapped in Silk & Gold Exhibition, Summer 2010)

Subject matter
Traditional silk kimono undergarment.

Physical Description
Satin damask with twill triangular designs (heike uroko) and bird crests (?) and talsimanic arrows (hung with bells). Unlined but with deep hem and lined sleeves.

Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type

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silk (silkworm material)
triangles (polygons)

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