Kimono and vest for a child

Made in Japan, Asia, 1930-1940.

This collection of kimono and kimono accessories including an obi, obi scarf, geta (Japanese sandals), tabi (split toe socks), obi purses and hair decorations are an important addition to the Museum’s holdings of Asian costume. Clothing is one of the richest expressions of material culture helping to define cultural identity.

The kimono is one of the most recognisable of national costumes. The stylised and colourful kimono expresses the aesthetic sensibilities, culture and customs of the people...


Hand sewn child's padded vest and kimono in silk patterned with printed motifs of toddlers in lime green, mauve, orange, white and grey on a ground of alternating solid blocks of orange and orange with small white spots, shibori style, and spatter decoration in gold pigment. The vest features long sleeves, a collar edged in pleated silk with a tie fastening and is fully lined. The kimono is in a matching print but sewn in reverse to the vest with the toddler design inverted and is fully lined with a tie fastening in pink silk.


Kimono for children are styled and shaped much like those for adults. Bright patterns and prints are typical of children's kimonos. Children generally wear elaborate kimono for special festivals and visits to local shrines on holidays.


Gift of Mrs Judith Mason, 2007
18 June, 2007

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