Child's Kimono with Pine, Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, and Fans
Meiji period (1868–1912)
late 19th–early 20th century
Ikat-patterned plain-weave bast fiber (asa)
Overall: 31 x 33 in. (78.7 x 83.8 cm)
Gift of Andreas Leisinger, in memory of Jean Mailey, 1996
The waist and shoulder on a child’s kimono have tucks (extra fabric) that can be let out as a child grows. This kimono could be enlarged nearly fifteen inches in length and over four inches in width and was thus able to accommodate several years of growth. Pine, bamboo, and plum blossoms often occur together as a trio of congratulatory motifs. The fan is also auspicious because its shape—widening at one end—signifies increase or growth.
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