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Kimono with Design of Lilies, Chinese Bellflowers, and Pinks

Shōwa period (1926–89)
second quarter of the 20th century
Figured crepe silk with woven diagonal fret pattern; hand-painted with gold accents, embroidered crest
Overall: 60 x 50 in. (152.4 x 127 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Sue Cassidy Clark, in memory of Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, 2013
Accession Number:
Not on view
This light brown, crepe silk summer kimono has woven diagonal fret patterns; lilies, Chinese bellflowers, and pinks are hand-painted on the lower half of the front panels. The summer flowers are of pastel colors, white, light green, yellow and blue. The outlines of the flowers are emphasized in stronger lines and tones, while the inner sections of the petals are almost translucent, allowing the underlying fret pattern to show through. The design is concentrated on the front of the kimono, while the back is left without additional painted patterns.
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