|Type:||Clothing - Garment|
|Place Made:||Asia: East Asia, Japan|
|Period:||Early to mid 20th century|
|Date:||1900 - 1970|
|Dimensions:||L 132 cm x W 155 cm|
|Techniques:||Hand-sewn; paste resist dyed; painted; embroidered|
|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.” The white basting threads along the seams are removed before wearing. 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.