furisode (Kimono)

About this object

History of use

Furisode (振袖), a style of formal kimono with long swinging sleeves. Worn by unmarried women on auspicious occasions such as weddings.There are three different types of furisode with different sleeve lengths; ō-furisode (with longest sleeves, around 115cm), chū-furisode (with long sleeves around 100cm) and ko-furisode (with shorter sleeves, around 80 cm).


Purchased by donor from a Kyoto-based dealer in San Francisco.

Specific techniques

Yuzen (paste-resist) dyed silk furisode.

Physical description

Kimono with "palamonia" design. Made of patterned silk in red, on a gold and pink background. Large circles containing small squares, flowers and foliage are scattered across the surface, with gold leaves in various sizes and small silvery blue flowers stamped on top. The garment is open at the front, with long draping sleeve panels open toward the body. Small openings for the wrists are at the outer top of the sleeves. The robe is lined with a cream coloured fabric.