Uchikake

A work made of silk, 4:1 satin damask weave; tie-dyed, stenciled, and resist-dyed and painted with gold paint; embroidered with silk, gold- and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped-cotton and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strips in satin, cotton-padded satin, surface satin, and stem stitches; laidwork, couching and chinese knots; lined with silk, plain weave and silk, satin damask weave.

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  • A work made of silk, 4:1 satin damask weave; tie-dyed, stenciled, and resist-dyed and painted with gold paint; embroidered with silk, gold- and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped-cotton and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strips in satin, cotton-padded satin, surface satin, and stem stitches; laidwork, couching and chinese knots; lined with silk, plain weave and silk, satin damask weave.

Date:

Shôwa period (1926–1989), c. 1935

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This uchikake (or bridal kimono) would have been worn loosely without an obi over other kimono. Incense flower balls or medicine balls (kusudama) with trailing cords and folding fans cover the entire uchikake. A classic motif found on kimono, the kusudama are composed of various flowers and leaves. The enlarged design is connected to the revival of the Genroku style (1688–1704), which was very popular in the beginning of the 20th century.

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Title

Uchikake

Origin

Japan

Date

1930–1940

Medium

Silk, 4:1 satin damask weave; tie-dyed, stenciled, and resist-dyed and painted with gold paint; embroidered with silk, gold- and silver-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped-cotton and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strips in satin, cotton-padded satin, surface satin, and stem stitches; laidwork, couching and Chinese knots; lined with silk, plain weave and silk, satin damask weave

Dimensions

188.3 x 133.2 cm (74 1/8 x 52 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary V. and Ralph E. Hays

Reference Number

1999.636

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