Wedding kimono (uchikake)

Edo period
Early 19th century

Object Place: Japan


170.2 x 120.7 cm (67 x 47 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk damask, resist-dyed and tie-dyed (kaneko shibori) and embroidered with silk and couched with gold-wrapped thread

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Outer robe (uchikake) for wedding with long sleeves and padded hem and design of pine, bamboo and decorated fans in white, red, green, brown and black created by resist and tie-dyeing, silk embroidery and gold metallic thread couching on a dark brown silk damask ground; lined with red silk.

One of a set of three wedding kimono (red, 11.3833; white 11.3862)


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