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Kimono Length (tan) (Japan), early 20th century

This is a Kimono length (tan). It is dated early 20th century and we acquired it in 1948. Its medium is cotton and its technique is plain weave, indigo-dyed, resist applied with stencil (katazome). It is a part of the Textiles Department department.


This cotton fabric bears a repeated wave motif rendered in rich indigo blue on a white ground. Indigo dye is especially well suited for use with absorbent cotton, explaining a traditional color palette of whites and blues for the light summer kimono called yukata. This length of fabric, intended for constructing a yukata, still bears its original tag. A series of stamped crests identify the artists, the grade of cloth, and price. It was sold by Mitsukoshi, a department store that began as a 17th-century kimono shop, and still exists today.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Jacques Seligmann.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 906.8 × 34.9 cm (29 ft. 9 in. × 13 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Kimono Length (tan) (Japan), early 20th century; cotton; H x W: 906.8 × 34.9 cm (29 ft. 9 in. × 13 3/4 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Jacques Seligmann; 1948-10-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Katagami.

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