A Child's Kumo Shibori Kimono: Midori Shibori Fragment in Lining
mid twentieth century
29" x 27 1/2", 73.5 cm x 70 cm
Just beautiful. This is an unlined, cotton child's kimono or yukata which is shibori dyed in the kumo or spiderweb pattern, the spiderwebs being packed very tight on the surface of this little garment.
What is wonderful about this child's kimono is the scale of the kumo to the size of the garment. This size relationship of surface design to the size of the kimono is just perfect--and it is what endows this piece its magic.
Inside the garment, near the collar area in back, is a piece of cotton which is shibori dyed in the midori pattern: in contrast to the kumo pattern of the coat's exterior, this makes a lovely complement.
Most likely the indigo is not botanical, or is not wholly botanical. The kimono is in good condition save a pair of small, ingrained black marks which can be seen on the accompanying detail photos.
A fantastic, little piece.