Wedding kimono (uchikake)

Long-sleeved outer robe (uchikake) for a wedding with design of decorated fan papers, bamboo, plum, pine, tortoises and cranes in pink, orange, blue and green created by tie-dying, silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a white silk damask ground; lined with reddish-orange silk and padded at the hem.


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)


[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Wedding kimono (uchikake)

  • Japanese, Edo period, 19th century
168.9 x 115.6 cm (66 1/2 x 45 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Satin damask (rinzu); tie resist-dyed (kaneko shibori), embroidered in silk, couched with gold-wrapped thread
Accession Number
Not on view