Uchikake

A work made of silk, plain weave with creped wefts (chirimen); stenciled and resist dyed (yûzenzome: utsushinori, hikizome, bokashizome) with gold leaf, chalk and sumi ink painted details; embroidered with silk and silver-foil-on-paper-strip-wrapped rayon in knot, single satin and satin stitches; lined with rayon, plain weave.

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  • A work made of silk, plain weave with creped wefts (chirimen); stenciled and resist dyed (yûzenzome: utsushinori, hikizome, bokashizome) with gold leaf, chalk and sumi ink painted details; embroidered with silk and silver-foil-on-paper-strip-wrapped rayon in knot, single satin and satin stitches; lined with rayon, plain weave.

Date:

Shôwa period (1926–1989), c. 1930

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

The front uchikake panels of this uchikake (bridal kimono) depict Treasure Treasure Ships (Takarabune) laden with treasures of good fortune. The sails are decorated with auspicious flowers and cranes. Mt. Horai and the Islands of the Immortals (a symbol of eternal youth taken from Chinese mythology) are seen visible in the background. These were appropriate motifs for a wedding garment. In addition to an array of flowers, the sleeves include images of hexagonal boxes from the shell matching game, which was commonly given as a wedding gift or found among a bride’s trousseau.

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Title

Uchikake

Origin

Japan

Date

1920–1940

Medium

Silk, plain weave with creped wefts (chirimen); stenciled and resist dyed (yûzenzome: utsushinori, hikizome, bokashizome) with gold leaf, chalk and sumi ink painted details; embroidered with silk and silver-foil-on-paper-strip-wrapped rayon in knot, single satin and satin stitches; lined with rayon, plain weave

Dimensions

173.8 x 125.3 cm (68 3/8 x 49 3/8 in.) Shoulder to hem length: 166.4 cm (65 1/2 in.) Sleeve length: 105.8 cm (41 5/8 in.) Collar back to hem length: 94 cm (22 3/4 in.) Width at hem: 57.7 cm (22 3/4 in.) Sleeve length: 33 cm (13 in.) Width of center front panel hem overlap: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.) Width of collar band: 7.2 cm (2 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays

Reference Number

1999.635

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