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[Purple chirimen kimono with bamboo design, Kanazawa, Japan, 189-]

[Purple chirimen kimono with bamboo design, Kanazawa, Japan, 189-]
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L: 56.5 in, center back: 24 in

Kanazawa, Japan, 189x


Gift of Barbara Kawakami


1 kimono : silk ; 56.5 x 24 (center back) in., sleeves 21.5 x 12.5 in., collar 4.375 in.

Purple chirimen (silk crepe) montsuki kimono with green and white bamboo design on exterior and interior of front hem. Lined with red-orange fabric on top half of kimono and sleeve interior while bottom half of kimono is lined with same purple silk as outer fabric. There is a paulownia Kamon (family crest) design on center back below collar, back of both sleeves and front chest. White thread basting stitches are along collar and sleeve openings. The hemline is padded and weighted.

One of the oldest kimono of the Barbara Kawakami collection, Mrs. Kimiyo Hamamura Okuno brought this piece to Hawaii in 1898 and kept it in a sea chest wrapped in newspaper (see p. 215 of Kawakami book, appendix B). Outside fabric is chirimen crinkle crepe fabric, lining is habutae. Kimono from good family, true montsuki of early Meiji period (used red lining). Meiji era designs run to back of kimono and have short kimono sleeve.

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