This stunning silk uchikake is a testament to the masterful yuzen artist of its time, showcasing an unusually broad color range and a diverse array of patterning techniques. It features profuse yuzen-painting complemented by metallic couching outlining, metal thread embroidery, and brush-painted highlights. The inner lining is crafted from red rinzu silk. Measuring 49 inches (124 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and standing at a height of 66 inches (168 cm), this uchikake embodies the renaissance in kimono art that emerged in early 20th century Japan.
The complexity and graphic nature of the design are seamlessly uninterrupted, a rare achievement considering kimono are typically constructed from four separate panels, making continuous artistry challenging across the entire textile canvas. Adorned with various flower and plant garlands, kikko tortoiseshell motifs, and a large paradise scene, the focal point remains the two large flying cranes on the upper back of the robe. These cranes exhibit an unparalleled level of realism and three-dimensionality, especially in the fine shading of the wings, showcasing superb artistry.
White cranes hold a prominent place as symbols of longevity and good fortune in Japanese culture. They are revered for their association with great ages and their ability to navigate between heaven and earth, solidifying their status as auspicious beings.