Silk; leno weave with tie-dye
Gift of John C. Weber 2020.429
Karamiori, or leno weave, textiles were introduced to Japan from China in the 700s.
This summer-wear kimono has a bold, tie-dyed pattern in white of cherry and plum blossoms within red rings on a black ground. The weaving technique used is called leno and was introduced to Japan from China in the 700s. It produces a textile that is at once very breathable and stable. The twisted-warp (vertical) threads hold the weft (horizontal) threads like a vise and keep them spaced farther apart, so more air can pass through. The garment is an example of the continued utility of ancient weaving techniques in the modern era.
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