Woman's Summer Kimono with Design of Small Crosses
Ikat-patterned plain-weave ramie
H. including neckband: 60 3/4 in. (154.3 cm); W. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm)
Gift of John B. Elliott through the Mercer Trust, 1999
Not on view
Ikat, a term that generally corresponds to kasuri in Japanese, is a resist-patterning technique that requires careful planning. Traditionally, threads of the warp or weft or both are tied in certain areas and then dyed before weaving. The tied areas resist the dye, remaining white, and the desired pattern emerges as the cloth is woven.
John B. Elliott , Princeton, NJ (until d. 1997) ; The Mercer Trust , 1997–1999