Kimono

Kimono

Kimono
Japan
1820-1860
Museum no. FE.28-1987
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The combination of delicate embroidery and dark satin fabric gives this kimono a striking, lustrous appearance. The design of paired ducks is a symbol of marital harmony, so this garment may have been part of a wedding trousseau. The kimono was brought back to Britain by John Bonham-Carter, who visited Japan in 1881-2.