A Child's Cotton Kimono: Five Family Crests
early to mid twentieth century
27" x 31", 68.5 cm x 79 cm
As with most children's kimono, this one is charming and was more than likely worn by a little boy.
It is fully lined, indigo dyed cotton and completely hand stitched: notice that there is a tuck all the way around the bottom part of the kimono which is a way of "sizing" the garment to fit the child. This seam is also easily let out as the child grows and needs a longer kimono.
There are five family crests on the kimono, the crest showing the melon flower motif; the mon or crests were resist dyed and their details were painted in by hand.