Hitoe

White silk kimono with stenciled yellow flowers and turquoise stems
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  • White silk kimono with stenciled yellow flowers and turquoise stems

Date:

Meiji period (1868–1912)/ Taishô period (1912–1926), c. 1900/16

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This hitoe (an unlined summer kimono) is patterned with leaves and water irises, a traditional Japanese motif. The use of bold colors, stylized natural forms, and curvilinear renderings alludes to the possible influence of Art Nouveau. The layered textures from both the gauze weave and the resulting undulation of the shibori technique contrasts with the flat stenciling technique applied to the surface, giving the appearance not of the actual flowers, but of their reflection in rippling water.

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Title

Hitoe

Origin

Japan

Date

1895–1921

Medium

Silk, plain weave self-patterned by rows of gauze crossings (yoko-ro); resist-dyed (shibori) and stenciled (kata yûzen-zome)

Dimensions

141.9 × 126.4 cm (55 7/8 × 49 3/4 in.) Warp repeat: 74.4 cm (29 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays

Reference Number

1999.594

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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