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[Dark brown montsuki kimono with phoenix and pine]

[Dark brown montsuki kimono with phoenix and pine]
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L: 57 in, center back: 24 in



Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 kimono ; 54 x 24 (center back) in., sleeves 20.5 x 12 in., collar 4.25 in. wide.

Dark brown (faded navy) silk montsuki kimono with creamy white phoenix bird and green & white pine needles on inside and outside of proper right and left front panels near hem. Lined with off-white silk in half of front panels, three-quarters of back panels and sleeve interior; padded hemline. Kamon (family crest) of three circles around a plum blossom located center back below collar, back of both sleeves, and front chest.

The navy montsuki may have discolored or faded with age depending on the dyes used. This kimono was donated by the Waipahu Soto Zen Taiyoji Temple Fujinkai (Women's Assn) (p.11). The phoenix design is very rare and is an auspicious symbol.

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