Kimono

Kimono

Kimono
Japan
1980-2000
Woven silk
Museum no. FE.154-2002
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The traditional Japanese wedding ceremony takes place in a Shinto shrine and is attended by only close family members. The bride wears a white under-kimono and heavy white outer-kimono known as a shiromuku, shiro meaning white and muku meaning pure. This outer-kimono has a design of a large noshi, an auspicious ornament traditionally tied to goodwill gifts, the ribbons of which cascade down the front and back of the garment.