Kimono for a woman, 1940-60. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1940-60. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Machine-spun pongee silk woven with stencil-printed warp and weft threads (meisen)
Japan, mid-Showa period, 1940-60
Montgomery Collection

Kimono designs of the early twentieth century are characterised by their sense of movement. The impression of velocity has been abstracted to its essence in this garment. The design looks as it has been painted directly on the kimono surface, but was actually applied through stencils on to the warp (longitudinal) and weft (horizontal) threads before the fabric was woven.