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Short-sleeved Kimono

19th century

Satin damask (rinzu): resist dyed and embroidered

Length: 63 in. (160 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The simple cut of the Japanese kimono emphasizes the fabrics out of which these garments are made, and the repertoire of Japanese textile art ranges from vibrant, structurally complex brocades, to subdued, sparingly embroidered plain weaves. Kosode, small-sleeved women’s kimono, were traditionally made of elaborately patterned, monochrome silks called rinzu, exquisite in their minute detail and supple drape. Rinzu serves as the base fabric of this kosode, which has been additionally decorated with resist-dyeing and touches of embroidery. Japanese textile artistans often superimposed patterns of different scale. Here, a landscape, complete with pavilion, streams, and foliage, rests on a ground of woven fretwork and flowers.
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Edo period (1615–1868)

Yamanaka & Co., Kyoto, Japan; purchased in 1932 by Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1937 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


George J. Lee, Selected Far Eastern Art in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 264, no. 477, ill.

Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 19, no. 11, ill.

Sadako Ohki, “Japanese Art at Yale,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2007): 30–32, fig. 1.

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