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Furisode silken kimono
RKM 20-1986
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The kimono is a true masterpiece in the Röhsska Museum collection. It is in good condition and displays several typical characteristics of the Japanese costume. It is a ceremonial garment with long arms. The pattern runs asymmetrically at the bottom of the costume where it is also padded. It has a red silken lining. Perhaps the costume was worn by a young kabuki actor playing a female role. Josefin Kilner, Curator, Röhsska Museum

History of the Object
The Röhsska Museum has a large quantity of objects in its collection associated with the Japanese garment – the kimono – but only a few costumes. This silken kimono was acquired by the museum in 1986 and is from the beginning of the twentieth century. The Japanese kimono developed during the ninth and tenth centuries. The word kimono means “thing to wear” and the costume comprises two straight lengths that form the front and back. The arms are made in the same way, but lengths may vary. The furisode has long, hanging sleeves in contrast to the kisode, hirosode and osode, which have different arms. The kimono has no buttons, but overlaps to the right and is held in place by a broad sash called the obi. The obi is three to four metres long and is usually fastened at the back in a bun-like knot. Many of the pattern elements used in the kimono were bringers of happiness. The crane is associated with long life. The small circular family emblems are called mon, and they frame a stylized plant or bird. This kimono has 5 mons, one on each front panel and the others on the back and arms. The emblems and other patterns are created by reservage printing according to the Yuzen method.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Printed Yuzen and embroidered pattern with flying cranes and clouds 
Measurements
Length 165 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1900–1920 
Function
Japanese costume 
Acquisition
Purchased from Lennart Karlsson, 1986. He had in turn bought the kimono at a market in Gothenburg, 1970. 
Copyright
The Röhsska Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Röhsska Museum 
Museum
The Röhsska Museum, of Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts 
Credit line
 

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