Man or woman’s kimono - ROM2008_9824_14


Man or woman’s kimono

Medium:Stencilled cotton tabby (bingata)
Geography: Okinawa, Japan
Date: late 19th century
Period: Edo Period
106.7 x 109.2 cm
Object number: 966.173.1
Credit Line: Gift of Louise Hawley Stone
Not on view
DescriptionThis multicoloured kimono is stencilled with two repeating and reversing patterns: one depicts weeping cherry leaves and blossoms on a ground of clouds, the other scattered flowers over a swirling sea. It is dyed with stencil and free-hand paste resist in a technique called bingata (bini means red dye, kata means stencil). Introduced in the 15th century, bingata textiles were promoted by the Okinawan court where they were worn by royalty, courtiers and court dancers.
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