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Kimono

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Kimono
Local Name: ubugi
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, Japan
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1970
Dimensions: L 111 cm x W 92 cm
Materials: Silk; metal bead
Techniques: Plain woven; painted; resist dyed; hand-sewn; embroidered
ID Number: T85.0854
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

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    Listen to TMC curator Sarah Quinton talk about the kimono.

  • Speaker: Sarah Quinton (SQ)

    SQ: The original prototype for the kimono came to Japan during the 6th century with Chinese explorers. Kimono developed into a form of dress for both men and women, though sumptuary laws restricted certain colours and styles to the nobility. In the 19th century, during the Meiji period Japan's isolation as an island was broken by the American navy under Admiral Matthew Perry, who compelled the nation to open its borders. Today, kimono has come to embody a concept of “Japaneseness” rather than of social distinctions.