Furisode, Late Edo period (1789–1868), 19th century Silk, 4:1 satin damask weave (rinzu); embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in satin stitches; laid work and couching, and padded couching; lined with silk, plain weave 183.8 x 128.8 cm (72 1/4 x 50 3/4 in.). First the edges of the trunk were padded with a heavy thread; then, over this padding, gold-wrapped thread was couched with red silk thread.The Art Institute of Chicago
So...the pattern I'm designing for Pattern-Making 120 may already be jacked up....well, at least not accurate. Here is a good back view of hakama. Note the style of the two pleats--how, oh how, will I draft that...?
The patterns that adorn kimono are very significant, for it is through choice of colour and, most importantly, decorative motifs that the wearer's gender, age, status, wealth, and taste are articulated.
The Muskegon Museum of Art presents Splendid Threads, Secret Messages: The Language of Japanese Kimonos, open through January 23, 2011. The exhibition provides an introduction to the world of Japanese kimonos. Symbolic messages are hidden in their exquisite decoration, and traditions from the past still dictate how they are worn today. While Westerners readily recognize …