haruenishikawa: Furisode with flowing water and bush clovers Edo period century Tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori), stenciled paste-resist dyeing (kata-yuzen) and embroidery on white figured silk satin (riuzu) ground 流水萩模様振袖 白綸子地 友禅染・刺繍

osode (proto-kimono), early 18th century, Japan. “Robe (kosode) of white silk damask (rinzu) with overall ground pattern of interlocking swastika (manju tsunagi) and a surface design of a basket and peonies covering a bamboo fence in blue, brown, reddish-orange, purple and gold created by stenciled imitation tie-dye (kata kanoko), hand-applied indigo (ai-zuri) and embroidered with silk and couched with metallic gold-covered thread. MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

osode (proto-kimono), early 18th century, Japan. “Robe (kosode) of white silk damask (rinzu) with overall ground pattern of interlocking swastika (manju tsunagi) and a surface design of a basket and peonies covering a bamboo fence in blue, brown, reddish-orange, purple and gold created by stenciled imitation tie-dye (kata kanoko), hand-applied indigo (ai-zuri) and embroidered with silk and couched with metallic gold-covered thread. MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

Katabira with pleasure boat ride party at a pond, 18th century, Paste-resist dyeing and embroidery on white plain weave ramie.

Katabira with pleasure boat ride party at a pond, 18th century, Paste-resist dyeing and embroidery on white plain weave ramie.

Yuzen kimono by National Living Treasure of Japan, MORIGUCHI Kako (1909-2008) 森口華弘

Yuzen kimono by National Living Treasure of Japan, MORIGUCHI Kako (1909-2008) 森口華弘

Furisode of ivory silk embroidered with gold and silver, Japanese, 20th century, KSUM 1983.1.830.

Furisode of ivory silk embroidered with gold and silver, Japanese, 20th century, KSUM 1983.1.830.

by Japanese National Living Treasure, Mitsugi Yamada (1912~2002) 山田 貢

by Japanese National Living Treasure, Mitsugi Yamada (1912~2002) 山田 貢

Haneda Tokio Yuzen kimono "Byakuya" (Kimono, "White Night", Yuzen dyeing) An innovative rendering of a painting-like motif resulting in a bold and novel design, this is a good example of how the use of wax resist can open up new possibilities for Yuzen dyeing.

Haneda Tokio Yuzen kimono "Byakuya" (Kimono, "White Night", Yuzen dyeing) An innovative rendering of a painting-like motif resulting in a bold and novel design, this is a good example of how the use of wax resist can open up new possibilities for Yuzen dyeing.

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