A Child's Cotton Kimono: Very Dark Woven Stripes
early to mid twentieth century
23" x 23", 58.5 cm x 58.5 cm
This dark colored cotton kimono was meant to be worn by a small child in old Japan. However, as it seems not to show any wear, it appears that a child never had the pleasure of wearing it--and if so, it was for a very brief time.
The kimono is made of dark colored, striped cotton which is lined in an equally dark, murky-toned blue cotton. Have a look at the center of the small kimono and you will see that the garment is folded and tacked into place: this was done to shorten the kimono in order to let it down as the child grew. One of the bright blue crepe silk tabs is missing; this tie was meant to secure the child into the garment when worn.
Also note the basting stitches on the sleeves of the kimono: a charming detail.
Very lovely, and in wonderful condition.