Furisode (Long-Sleeved Kimono) with Silk Trees and Swallows on Purple Crepe (Kinuchijimi) Ground

Place of production
Era century
Meiji Period
Kyoto National Museum
This is a typical long-sleeved robe (J., <i>furisode</i>) of the Meiji court. Gorgeous patterns featuring flowers and birds of the four seasons, executed in generous strokes, became established as characteristic <i>kosode</i> (small-sleezed kimono) designs for women of the aristocracy during the late Edo period (1615-1868). Designs of this type continued to be popular among the women of the court during the Meiji period (1868-1912) as well. This design, featuring a single silk tree and clouds depicted solely in embroidered outline epitomizes the style.

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