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Kimono

Accession Number
2013/2.491

Title
Kimono

Artist(s)
Japanese

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
20th century

Medium & Support
silk, brocade

Dimensions
52 in. ( 132.08 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi

Subject matter

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

Iromuji kimonos are plainly colored non-black kimonos that are very useful. They are often worn by young women at their graduation ceremony and mothers at family celebrations as well as non-celebratory occasions such as condolence visits; Gray or muted blue Iromuji Kimonos are preferred at these events. Iromuji Kimonos are also favored at tea ceremonies since it does not disturb the atmosphere and for more casual activities such as going out in town.

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

This kimono contains one crest, located at the back neck. The number of kamon (family crests) determines the formality of the dress. Without amy kamon, the Iromuji kimono can be worn for daily activities. Iromuji kimonos worn at tea ceremonies or celebrations contain three kamons. If the iromuji kimono contains three kamons, it is considered very high-class.



Physical Description

Plain pale blue Iromuji Ro kimono with one kamon (family crest) with no inner lining (hitoe).



Primary Object Classification
Costume and Costume Accessories

Primary Object Type
kimono

Collection Area
Asian

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Keywords
kimonos
lining (material)
pale blue
summer (season)

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