Formal furisode (long sleeved) kimono
Tsumugi (waste silk), habutae, silk padding
Yuzen dyeing

This long sleeved formal five crested winter kimono, decorated with eight different treasure bags and peonies (a symbol of wealth), was worn by the young daughter of a prosperous family. The particular red (also favored in woodblock prints of the time), the way the red fades to pink then to white, and the very realistic delicate hand painting all mark this as a Meiji period (1868 – 1912) robe.

Tsumugi is waste silk, or wild silk, with a texture similar to cotton. The fibers are shorter, and lack the smoothness and luster of fine long fiber silk, but because it was silk, it was more prized than cotton.

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