Boy's Kimono with Sea Bream and Dots
This is a cotton boy's kimono with elaborately dyed dots, and a brilliant red sea bream, or porgy.
This child's kimono, which dates back to the early Showa period, was worn at festivals. The dots are emblematic of air rising through the waters of the sea, and the bold, bright red porgy leaping out of the waters is meant to be good luck. Both patterns have been dyed using tsutsugaki, or rice paste resist.
There are also japanese mon, or family crests, dyed on the front and back of the garment. These particular mon represent oak leaves with tendrils. There are discolorations throughout the garment, however the bold, graphic elements of the garment are clearly the focal point.
Dimensions: 40" x 47"
Early to mid 20th Century