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Past Exhibitions: 2010

Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of 20th-Century Japanese Kimono

May 1–July 25, 2010

Wrapped in Silk and Gold presents for the first time the Museum's recently acquired collection of deluxe kimono, haori, obi, and other traditional Japanese women's garments. Dating from the 1930s through the end of the 20th century, these garments trace changing fashions as the function of kimono changed over the course of time, as well as the arc of a woman's lifetime from youth to maturity. The works in the exhibition are the generous gift of the Yamaguchi family, and were made for and worn by a mother and daughter living in Tokyo.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Friends of the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Charles H. & Katharine C. Sawyer Endowment Fund, The Japan Foundation, New York, the CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, and the Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation.




Green brocade fukuro obi with embroidered gold medallions

Japan
Green brocade fukuro obi with embroidered gold medallions
1960s–1970s
Green colored silk with gold embroidered design
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi, 2005/1.342



Kimono with overall woven pattern of chrysanthemums

Japan
Kimono with overall woven pattern of chrysanthemums
1930s–1950s
Silk crepe with interwoven brown and silver- and gold-coated threads
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi, 2005/1.393



Haori

Minagawa Gekka
Haori
circa 1950
Black damask silk with wax-resist pattern, hand-painted designs, and embroidery
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi, 2005/1.351



Kimono

Minagawa Gekka
Kimono
circa 1950
Crepe silk with wax-resist pattern, hand-painted designs, and embroidery
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi, 2005/1.359



Shibori haori

Japan
Shibori haori
1960s–1980s
White silk tie-dyed dark indigo
UMMA, Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi, 2005/1.348