Kimono

Kimono

Kimono
Japan
1780-1800
Museum no. FE.106-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This kimono has been decorated using ink, embroidery and a stencil-dyeing technique called kata kanoko. Across the shoulders of the kimono are various characters taken from the 'Poems of Congratulation' in the 10th-century Kokinshu anthology. Incorporating the written word into the design of the kimono would have demonstrated the literary discernment of the wearer.