Jan 19, 2022
Jan 19, 2022

Summer Kimono with Cherry and Plum Blossoms

Summer Kimono with Cherry and Plum Blossoms



Silk; leno weave with tie-dye

Gift of John C. Weber 2020.429


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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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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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Gift of John C. Weber

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