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Summer Kimono (Hitoe)

White silk kimono with stenciled yellow flowers and turquoise stems.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


About 1900–1916



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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Summer Kimono (Hitoe)


Japan (Object made in)

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Made 1895–1921


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


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

Credit Line

Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays

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