Kimono for a woman, 1912-26. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1912-26. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Gauze weave silk (ro) woven with stencil-printed warp threads
Japan, Taisho period, 1912-26
Montgomery Collection

The dragonfly (tombo) is one of the oldest decorative motifs in Japan. Its graceful form is perfectly suited to the fine gauze-weave fabric of this kimono. The delicacy of the pattern and cloth is counter-balanced by the bold visual rhythm created by the vertical stripes and the diagonal movement of the dragonflies.