Kimono for a woman, 1912-20. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1912-20. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Machine-spun pongee silk woven with stencil-printed warp and weft threads (meisen)
Japan, early Taisho period, 1912-20
Montgomery Collection

The design on this kimono was created using a technique that developed in the early twentieth century. Chemical dyes mixed with rice paste were applied through stencils to both the warp (longitudinal) and weft (horizontal) threads prior to weaving. This stencil-printing technique allowed for the creation of complex images such as the large, dynamic chrysanthemums that decorate this garment.