Accession Number



Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
silk, brocade

33 in (83.82 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi

Subject matter

Sha textile, also called usumono, are thin, translucent fabrics used for summer kimonos.

The Haori is a traditional Japanese hip or thigh-length jacket with elongated sleeves that is worn over the kimono. The Haori typically includes an interior lining with a design that is otherwise hidden from view when worn.The haori was originally part of a man’s formal attire, but in the nineteenth century, female entertainers in Edo (modern Tokyo) adopted it as a cloak for outdoor wear in mild weather. By the end of the century, married women of the upper class adopted black crepe silk haori with family crests for formal, public occasions. For much of the twentieth century, the haori has been the standard outerwear for a woman who dresses in a kimono outside the home.

Garments with no inner lining (hitoe) are less formal and are typically worn in between seasons.

Physical Description

Sheer summer Sha-weave black haori with no inner lining (hitoe).

Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type

Collection Area

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jackets (garments)
summer (season)

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