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Woman's Kimono
Woman's Kimono, c. 1958
Silk crepe with yuzen dyeing
64 x 50 inches (162.6 x 127 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Iwao Setsu, 1995
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About the Kimono

This is a Japanese kimono, a T-shaped piece of clothing that wraps around the front of the body like a robe. every part of this kimono was made by hand: the silk is handwoven, the pieces were cut and sewn by hand, and the designs were painted. The decorations on the back of this kimono show a flowering plum tree, a symbol of spring in China, Korea, and Japan for thousands of years because its blossoms peek out through the snow as spring approaches.

Make Your Own Kimono

  • Origami or construction paper (approximately 8½ x 11 inches)
  • Glue or glue stick
  • Popsicle stick
  • Colored pencils
  • Plain or skin-toned paper


  • Fold the origami or construction paper in half lengthwise, and then fold each side in half again.
  • Open the paper. Turn it over and fold it three inches from the top.
  • Turn the paper back over and fold the sides in.
  • Under the right flap, slide your finger to the top right corner. Press the top of the flap to form the sleeve. Do the opposite on the left side.
  • Use plain paper to cut out the shape of a head with a long neck.
  • Draw your face on the cut paper and glue it to a Popsicle stick.
  • Slide the Popsicle stick through the kimono and glue it in place.
  • Decorate your kimono with strips of colored paper or markers.

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