Kimono (detail), Japan

Kimono (detail), Japan

'Luxurious' colours: Multicolours

The use of multicolours is not considered vulgar in certain situations. They are viewed as lively and exciting when used at festivals, public celebrations and inaugurations. They symbolise novelty.

Kimono (detail)
Japan
1920-40
Monochrome figured satin silk or artificial silk, with printed decoration
Width 123 cm x height 142 cm
Museum no. FE.127-1988
FE.127-1988

This 20th century kimono would have been worn by a young woman. The design of open fans, flowers and a meandering stream is a traditional one, but the dense, lively pattern and brilliant colours would have made it a very modern garment.