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“Checking the wind” a kimono created by artist Kenji Nakai.  Jury Prize winner at the (Institute ) Japan Dyers Association

Outer Robe (Uchikake) with Maple Tree and River, first half of the 20th century. Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Anonymous Gift, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Cory, 1962 . (62.180).  The colorful leaves of a maple tree with a river beneath its branches are no doubt an allusion to Tatsuta River, which is famous in classical literature as a place for viewing autumn leaves. The river flows in Nara prefecture and was familiar to pilgrims traveling to the Tatsuta Shrine. Tatsuta River is featured in many classical court poems, and the image of a bright brocade of fallen maple leaves floating on the surface of the river became a symbol of the autumn season. Chrysanthemums are also depicted, and, besides being the representative seasonal flower, they might also refer to the legend of the Chrysanthemum Boy (Kikujidō), who achieved immortality by drinking dewdrops from the flowers. This robe was prepared for a young upper-class woman. The satin damask fabric features a complex woven design of bridges, pines, and mist, while the white-spotted pattern of the water in the lower part of the textile was created by means of a technique called kanoko shibori, literally “fawn spot tie-dyeing.” The maple leaves and chrysanthemums were embroidered with silk and metallic thread.  Text by the MET museum

arsvitaest: Detail of kimono with flying cranes, Japan, ca. 1910-30Rijksmuseum

Yuzen kimono from mid Showa Period

garden of the far east

Katabira with paste-resist and indigo dyeing, and additional embroidery

Special Collections: Fabricasians

Modern wedding kimono by santapaws4xmas, via Flickr

Katabira (Summer Kimono) with Imperial Cormorant Fishing Scene in Dyeing and Embroidery on Light Blue Ramie Ground. 18th century, Japan. Kyo...

Hollyhock (1983) by the Late Japanese textile artist Itchiku Kubota(1917-2003) form the exhibition,Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota, Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio (February 8-April 26, 2009).

Japanese Kimono Art by Kimono Exhibit, via Flickr

wedding kimono from 19th century with cherry and peony flowers (satin de soie)

Katabira (Summer Kimono) with Imperial Cormorant Fishing Scene in Dyeing and Embroidery on Light Blue Ramie Ground. 18th century, Japan. Kyo...

Japanese Embroidered Shiromuku

White Uchikake - Japan - Early to Mid Meiji (1868-1900) .

Silk ‘uchikake’ (wedding over-kimono), Meiji period, 19th century, Japan. Yuzen-dyeing on silk. MET Museum. (Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1937)

Silk ‘uchikake’ (wedding over-kimono robe), featuring depictions of Mount Horai. 1750-1850, Japan. “Silk and metallic thread embroidery on s...

Silk ‘uchikake’ (wedding over-kimono). First half 19th century, Japan. “Silk damask (rinzu), tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori) and embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped threads. Reddish-orange silk damask with design of tie-dyed waves at bottom embroidered with tortoises (minogame) and tie-dyed pine trees above embroidered with flying cranes (tsuru);”. MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

Furisode kimono, first half 19th century, Japan. “Long-sleeved robe (furisode) with design of swallows (tsubame), cliffs and waves embroidered with various shades of brown, yellow, white, red and blue silk; three crests couched with gold metallic thread across the upper back; lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at bottom. Silk satin with silk and gilt-paper embroidery" MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

Furisode, second half 19th century, Japan. “Long-sleeved robe (furisode) with design of pine trees embroidered and couched in black silk on a black silk crepe ground, resist dyed; lined with red crêpe with design of bamboo embroidered in red silk; three white floral crests along the upper back and sleeves; padded hem. Silk plain-weave crepe ground embroidered and couched with silk; resist-dyed”

Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake), 1800-1867, Japan, This robe would have been worn by a woman of a high-ranking samurai family.

Rinzu (damask) silk with the main designs accomplished with yuzen-dyeing and metallic couching. Late Taisho to early Showa (1918-1935), Japan. The Kimono Gallery

Katabira (Summer Kimono) with Imperial Cormorant Fishing Scene in Dyeing and Embroidery on Light Blue Ramie Ground. 18th century, Japan. Kyo...

19th century cotton country Kimono, featuring tsutsugaki technique.  Japan

Japanese Kimono with Butterfly Design, ca. 1830-1880.