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Furisode (long-sleeved kimono), Mid-19th century, Japan. “Furisode with shortened sleeves. Dark blue silk satin ground with design of plum blossoms embroidered with white, brown and light green silk and gilt-metallic yarns. Lined with bright red silk and padded at the bottom. Red silk crepe sleeve facings. Style favored by wealthy merchant class (chônin). Silk satin embroidered with silk and gilt-metallic yarns” MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

Kosode with blooming Japanese plum trees and circular windows. Period / Date Edo period (1603-1868) 18th century. Medium Paste-resist dyeing (yuzen), embroidery and printed freckled pattern on light-purple silk crepe (chirimen). Museum collection

Woman's formal long-sleeved kimono (furisode), Taisho period, 1920s. Motif: Boat filled with flowers; water, maple leaf, plum and pine. Crest: paulownia. Silk crepe, plain weave; handpainted, rice-paste resist outlining (yuzen): couched gold, couched silver, and silk thread embroidery, 68 3/5 x 50 1/2 inches. The Jeffrey Montgomery Collection

I have a friend in DC right now and I just pray she went to this Jakuchu exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. It has never been exhibited outside of Japan until now...WOW. It's in DC for a month. I've had the honor of spending time in Kyoto where the artist lived & found inspiration for these works. There are no words to describe the Kyoto just have to be is Zen