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Culture:Japanese (20th century)
Title:Kimono with design of geometric patterns
Date Made:1920-1940 (Shōwa period)
Materials:silk (meisen), plain weave, stencil-dyed warp and weft
Measurements:Overall: 60 in x 49 in; 152.4 cm x 124.5 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.10
Credit Line:Gift of John C. Weber
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

This coral orange silk kimono has a pattern of small square swatches of dusty pastel colors. The pattern also features free flowing black lines that run vertically along the length of the garment.

Label Text:
Informal woman's kimono made from machine-spun pongee silk (meisen) and stencil-prints. These were very popular in the late Taishō and early Shōwa eras as the meisen silk was long lasting and inexpensive. The patterns were made from chemical dyes applied by stencil patterns. Very urban in fashion, the abstract designs and vibrant colors on these meisen kimonos were stylish

clothing; urban; fashion; design; abstract; geometry

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