Yuzen-painted kurotomesode. Taisho period (1912-1926), Japan, The Kimono Gallery.

A formal silk kuro-tomesode featuring yuzen-dyed bamboo. Highlights were created using metallic embroidery and surihaku gold-foil outlining. Five “mon” (family crests). Red silk lining. The bamboo bends under heavy snow yet never breaks: it is the symbol of endurance and resilience, a place where gods descend to earth. The bamboo leaves on this kimono are decorated with tiny “kissyo-ka” (auspicious flowers). Kuro-tomesode (black tomesode) are often worn for wedding ceremonies by married female relatives of the bride or groom.