Resist-dyed purple clouds share the landscape with embroidered painted clouds on this semi-formal kimono, or furisode, meaning “fluttering sleeves.” Notice the small squares of gold and silver leaf applied to the red silk lining. A furisode is the type of kimono worn by unmarried women, characterized by vivid colours, bold patterns and curved mid-length sleeves.

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What are the origins and inspirations of the patterns on this kimono?

responded: Jun 18, 2012

Posted by Daisy L.

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This is not very relevant, but I find it interesting to compare the traditional garments from ancient Japan, China and Korea. As I know, these three countries in East Asia influenced each other quite a lot, I think their traditional clothing may have borrowed designs from each other, too.

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