Child's Kimono with Design of Pine, Bamboo, Plum Blossoms, and Fans
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
Not on view
A child's kimono was made with waist and shoulder tucks that could be let out as the child grew. This kimono could be enlarged nearly fifteen inches in length and over four inches in width at the shoulder and was thus able to accommodate several years of growth. The textile combines scattered geometric motifs in warp and weft ikat (tate-yoko-gasuri) with pictorial representations of fans, pines, bamboo, and plum blossoms in weft ikat (yoko-gasuri). Pine, bamboo, and plum blossoms often occur together as a trio of congratulatory motifs, and the fan is also auspicious because its shape—widening at one end—signifies increase or growth. The linen-like asa fiber, in association with the motifs and techniques represented, suggest that this textile may be Ōmi gasuri, ikat from Shiga Prefecture.
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