This silk miyamairi kimono, donned for a baby boy's Shinto ceremony, showcases artistically depicted carp navigating a tumultuous sea. Crafted with yuzen and bokashi painting techniques, it features metallic and silk embroidery highlights. Additionally, it includes a white inner kimono for winter wear. Measuring 33 inches (84 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and standing at 40 inches (102 cm) in height, it embodies traditional symbolism tied to the virtues of resilience and strength associated with the wild carp.
The motif of carp in turbulent waters symbolizes courage and determination, qualities sought after in young males. While this theme is common, this particular kimono stands out for its exceptional artistry. The dynamic, blue-shaded frothy waves and intricately painted carp, complemented by delicate silk and metallic embroidery, elevate its beauty. The seamless continuation of the scene from the body to the sleeves maximizes the kimono's visual impact, making this piece a standout example of meticulous craftsmanship.