Kimono with butterfly design

Kimono with butterfly design

Kimono
Japan
1830 - 1880
Silk and silk embroidery
Museum no. T.269-1960
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Outer kimono (uchikake) with long swinging sleeves (furisode) of white figured silk (rinzu) and embroidery  of flowers, butterflies and fences in coloured silks. The butterfly is the symbol of joy and longevity, and also embodies the souls of both the living and the dead.