Omiyamairi
Silk, silk padding
Resisted, hand painted with sumi ink

This kimono was designed to be worn for omiyamairi, the ceremony marking an infant’s first presentation to the shrine. The child does not actually wear the kimono, although it is a completely tailored garment. Rather it is draped over the child and the ties are tied around the person holding the child for the ceremony.

The seven treasures are a form of prayer for the child’s good fortune in life. There are several variations on the constituent treasures, and on this kimono there are more than seven. Among them are the hat and cape of invisibility, a money purse, the flaming jewels, merchants’ weights, cloves, the key to the treasure house, Buddhist scriptures, a referee’s fan, and a bale of rice. The very detailed and realistic drawing with sumi ink is characteristic of the Meiji period.

The designs stitched on the two ties are pine needles, symbols of good fortune. In this design, as in many pine needle designs, one side of the needle has been snapped, but this only a design conceit, with no special significance.

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