Kimono for a woman, 1920-30. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman, 1920-30. Montgomery Collection

Kimono for a woman
Figured silk crêpe (omeshi chirimen) brocade-woven with lacquered threads (rama-ire)
Japan, Taisho period, 1920-30
Montgomery Collection

This kimono is made from a thick crêpe fabric called omeshi that was first developed in the 1880s. The pattern has been woven with lacquered threads which give the garment a very sumptuous appearance. The meandering grape vine motif is reminiscent of Art Nouveau designs, particularly those by the French artist Emile Gallé.