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Kimono

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Kimono
Local Name: kuro-tomesode
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, Japan
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1969
Dimensions: L 189 cm x W 142 cm
Materials: Silk
Techniques: Embroidered; painted; resist dyed; couched
ID Number: T85.0852
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

The most formal kimono worn by married Japanese women is the black tomesode with five family crests. This one is shown without the accessories that usually complete it, including an obi (wide belt), narrow braided ties, and at least one “under-kimono.” A kimono is a one-size-fits-all garment. To adjust it for a different body size, the wearer folds a portion of the extra length under the obi. Folding adds to the kimono’s distinctive straight silhouette.