Aqua and gold ffukuro obi with gold daffodil designArtist(s)JapaneseArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Datelate 1970sMedium & Supportaqua-gold fabric woven from turquoise silk warp and gold-covered paper weftDimensions
172 7/16 in x 12 in (438 cm x 30.5 cm)Credit LineGift of Howard and Patricia YamaguchiLabel copy
Aqua and gold fukuro obi with gold daffodil design
Unlined kimono, called hitoe (meaning “single layer”) kimono, generally are worn from the beginning of June through the end of September. Hitoe kimono are made of silk, hemp, or cotton, and worn over a nagajuban (underkimono).
For highly formal occasions such as weddings, lined kimono are preferred, worn with summer obi such as the black one here, which is made of light, silk gauze with large floral medallions. According to Iwata Shizuko, this obi was worn with hômongi, one of the formal types of kimono.
Motifs on summer kimono and obi are often related to the season. The light blue obi with a gold-leaf-wrapped design of irises is for early summer, when these flowers are in bloom. Abstract designs based on water and waves are popular as well. Subdued, cool colors, such as those of the green hitoe kimono on display, are preferred for summer kimono and obi.
(Wrapped in Silk & Gold Exhibition, Summer 2010)Subject matter
Fukuro obi with daffodil designPhysical Description
Aqua-gold fabric woven from turquoise warp and aqua-and pale gold-covered paper (kinran) weft, for a shimmering aqua-gold ground. The deco-style daffodil patterns are surihaku in three shades of gold. Plain weave aqua silk lining.Primary Object Classification Costume and Costume Accessories Primary Object TypeobiAdditional Object Classification(s)TextileCollection AreaAsianRights
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