young woman's long overgarment, kimono (uchikake)

Late Edo

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The short length of the sleeves of this outer garment (uchikake) indicates that it was worn by a married woman on formal occasions. The patterns were created by tying and dip-dyeing the fabric in dyes extracted from petals of the safflower plant. Because fabrics made using this process were very costly to produce, a garment of this type was worn only by women of the highest-ranking samurai clans. The Mandarin orange was a popular motif in Japan. The evergreen qualities of the tree and its fragrant flowers and beautiful fruit made it an auspicious symbol in the Japanese culture.

Object Information

nationality
Japanese
period
Late Edo
creation date
1800-1850
materials
red silk with gold wrapped thread
dimensions
65 x 50 in.
accession number
13.47
credit line
John Herron Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors

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