early 20th century
Ramie plain-weave crepe with geometric warp and weft kasuri (ikat) patterning
Overall: 62 1/2 x 49 1/2 in. (158.8 x 125.7 cm)
Seymour Fund, 1966
Not on view
Echigo (present-day Niigata Prefecture) has long produced high quality ramie (choma) cloth, which was used by the Edo period (1615–1868) for the summer clothing of the upper classes. This early-twentieth-century summer kimono may have been made from Echigo chijimi, ramie crépe, characterized by a highly twisted weft. The overall dark blue geometric pattern was done in warp and weft kasuri (ikat). At one time this kimono had long hanging sleeves and was thus a furisode, a form of dress suitable for a young woman.
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