Kimono, Japan

Kimono, Japan

'Luxurious' colours: Gold

Gold is a colour associated with power and with royalty and the spiritual world. On lacquer, gold is considered sumptuous and expensive.

Kimono
Japan
1980-2000
Silk, woven
Width 134.5 cm x height 173 cm
Museum no. FE.153-2002
Given by Moe Co. Ltd.
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The traditional Japanese wedding ceremony takes place in a Shinto shrine. The bride wears a white under-kimono and heavy white outer-kimono known as a shiromuku. Before joining her family and friends for the reception, the bride exchanges the white outer-kimono for an elaborate and brightly-coloured one. This example is decorated with a design of cranes, symbols of longevity, flying over a landscape of gold, blue and green flowers on a bright red ground.