Raw silk (tsumugi); ikat weave
162.6 x 127 cm (64 x 50 in.)
Gift of John C. Weber 2020.424
The pattern of the kimono was created using a hand tie-dyeing method called kasuri.
The simple, geometric, flat design of this kimono was inspired by styles first made popular in the brief but culturally vibrant Taishō period (1912-26). The hand-spun raw silk, tsumugi in Japanese, has irregularities—small nubs—that give the textile a special texture favored by those who prized seeing evidence of the handmade nature of their garments.
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