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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Kimono
Local Name: kuro-tomesode
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, Japan
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1970
Dimensions: L 132 cm x W 155 cm
Materials: Silk
Techniques: Hand-sewn; paste resist dyed; painted; embroidered
ID Number: T85.0850
Credit: Gift of Fred Braida

The most formal kimono worn by married Japanese women is the black tomesode with five family crests. This one is shown without the accessories that usually complete it, including an obi (wide belt), narrow braided ties, and at least one “under-kimono.” The white basting threads along the seams are removed before wearing. A kimono is a one-size-fits-all garment. To adjust it for a different body size, the wearer folds a portion of the extra length under the obi. Folding adds to the kimono’s distinctive straight silhouette.

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