uchikake (Kimono)

About this object

Narrative

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

Specific techniques

Embroidered silk Kabuki "uchikake" of an Onnagata "oiran"; for "Tale of Genji".

Physical description

Kimono made of black silk, heavily embroidered with metallic fibre made of gold-leaf-wrapped mulberry paper and other colourful threads. Designs include carts full of irises, butterflies and long vines. Scattered among these are thin horizontal rectangles as well as large squares, some containing flowers. The interior is fully lined with bright red fabric. The kimono is open at the front, with short paneled sleeves containing a small opening for the wrists at top outer corner. The garment’s bottom hem is thickened with stuffing.