Fragment (from kurotomesode? – [formal black kimono])
Silk crepe (chirimen)
Yuzen dyeing (dyes, sumi ink)

This kappa is hand dyed with great attention to detail, and remarkably delicate shading. It looks as though it may have come from the hem of a kurotomesode kimono. Since kuromtomesode are for formal occasions, and the kappa is not only a mythical creature, but somewhat malevolent in nature, the kurotomesode would have had a very unusual overall design.