Kimono for a woman, 1920-40. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1920-40. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Machine-spun pongee silk woven with stencil-printed warp threads (meisen)
Japan, late Taisho-early Showa period, 1920-40
Montgomery Collection

Leaves floating on water are an enduring motif in Japanese art. The brightly coloured wisteria petals and lively whirlpool motif on this kimono epitomise the energetic style of 1920s and 1930s textile design.