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Kimono

Accession Number
2013/2.477

Title
Kimono

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
silk, brocade

Dimensions
63 in. ( 160.02 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi

Subject matter

This pattern, consisting of a series of miniscule white dots arranged in hill-like forms, is an especially popular motif for edo komon kimono. It was first developed in the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and was favored by samurai. Later, it was adopted by townspeople during the Edo period.  “SAME” in Japanese translates as “shark”.

Edo Komon kimonos are a type of kimono that contains various motifs and tiny, elaborate designs dyed with pattern paper called “Ise-Kagagami.”

The inner lining includes eight different parts (hakkake) on the bottom and sleeve edges that gives the inner lining a more colorful appearance.



Physical Description

Splotchy mixed brown silk kimono with miniscule white dots (Sᾱme komon) with a white and pale salmon inner lining



Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type
kimono

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
Muromachi
kimonos
repeated motif
silk (silkworm material)

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