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Wedding kimono    Woven wedding kimono (uchikake) with the popular crane motif as well as pine trees and flowers.

Wedding kimono Woven wedding kimono (uchikake) with the popular crane motif as well as pine trees and flowers.

Yuzen Uchikake - Mid to late Meiji (1880-1911). A very fine silk antique uchikake featuring yuzen-dyed cranes in flight. Embroidery highlights. Five mon (family crests).  49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 62" height. The crane is one of the three major mystical animals, together with the dragon and the tortoise. Its chief symbolic meaning is long life.  The Kimono Gallery

Yuzen Uchikake - Mid to late Meiji (1880-1911). A very fine silk antique uchikake featuring yuzen-dyed cranes in flight. Embroidery highlights. Five mon (family crests). 49" from sleeve-end to sleeve-end x 62" height. The crane is one of the three major mystical animals, together with the dragon and the tortoise. Its chief symbolic meaning is long life. The Kimono Gallery

“Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for a wedding with design of decorated fan papers, bamboo, plum, pine, tortoises and cranes in pink, orange, blue and green created by tie-dying, silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a white silk damask ground; lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at the hem. Satin damask (rinzu); tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori), embroidered in silk, couched with gold-wrapped thread” 19th century, Japan. MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

“Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for a wedding with design of decorated fan papers, bamboo, plum, pine, tortoises and cranes in pink, orange, blue and green created by tie-dying, silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a white silk damask ground; lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at the hem. Satin damask (rinzu); tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori), embroidered in silk, couched with gold-wrapped thread” 19th century, Japan. MFA. (William Sturgis Bigelow Collection)

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