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.