This exceptional chirimen silk dounuki showcases striking shibori patterning and embroidered bamboo motifs. There's light, pervasive staining on the inner white silk lining, which remains hidden when the kimono is displayed. It measures 48 inches (122 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and stands at 59 inches (150 cm) in height.
The dounuki, a specific style of inner kimono within a kimono set, features sleeves and bodice sections stitched to a contrasting main bodice body with distinct material and pattern-work. The sleeves and bodice exhibit large lozenge motifs interspersed with smaller pebble-like ones, all created using a sophisticated shibori tie-dye technique. The lozenge motif, in use for about fifteen hundred years, has long been favored by Japanese aristocracy and the military. The hem area, made of chirimen silk, has embroidered bamboo motifs at each corner.