Art extends beyond a canvas. It is a part of our everyday life.
The Kimono symbolize elegance, beauty, tradition, art and culture. They are typically made of silk crepe and include embroidery. I remember receiving one as a gift as a teenager.
Kimonos date back to the Japanese Edo period (1615-1868). This historical period enjoyed economic vitality, urban expansion and unprecedented political stability. Merchant and artisan classes enjoyed the benefits of society and chose fashionable clothing as one area to which they funneled their wealth. This cultural shift fueled the textile arts. The octane energy around personal style amongst the elite turned into a modern day society’s “Who wore it Best” contest.
This Kimono is probably from the Taisho period (1912 -1926). Economic vitality was a byproduct of WWI as was industrial development. New manufacturing tools and processes enabled designers to use different textiles, colors, dyes and patterning techniques with quicker production timeframes and lower prices. They blended these advancements with larger motifs and new designs inspired by Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Women began entering the workforce and participated in mass urban culture as influential consumers. Thus, department stores, cafes and movie theaters became central hubs of gathering and activity.
This Kimono was a part of an exhibition of private collectors’ art.