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Unknown artist: Japanese Wedding Kimono

Unknown: Japanese Wedding Kimono

Unknown Japanese Wedding Kimono

The textile

This beautiful silk wedding kimono was gifted to the University of Canberra in April 2000. Embroidered with silver and gold thread, the design details the red crowned-crane (also known as the Manchurian crane or the Japanese crane). It is one of the largest and at the same time rarest of the crane family. Its significance to this style of dress is that it symbolises luck, fidelity and longevity.

Red Crowned crane

This kimono (an uchikake kimono) is worn without an 'obi' and forms a decorative formal cape. It is often worn over another kimono which is tied. The kimono weighs around 10lbs and is a heavy garment to wear. It is deliberately long in order to form a train behind the wearer. The Japanese wedding kimono 'uchikake' is a very colourful and highly ornate outer garment which also often features auspicious motifs woven or embroidered throughout. The most common colour for iro-uchikake is red but other colours such as pink or purple are also common. Traditionally the bride would remove her white shiromuku overcoat after the wedding ceremony and replace this with a brightly coloured iro-uchikake for the duration of the reception.

Uchikake Wedding kimono

References;

Yoko Trading Japanese Vinate fabric & Garments information sheet

Modern Archive blogs: https://modernarchive.de/blogs/news/traditional-japanese-wedding-kimonos-a-definitive-guide accessed 21/04/2020