‘Yogi’ (padded bedcover in shape of a kimono), featuring motifs of tea ceremony and auspicious treasures. Meiji period (1868-1911), Japan. Cotton plain weave with paste-resist dyeing (tsutsugaki). LACMA
A vivid and remarkable silk wedding kimono features a masterful depiction of a phoenix, paulownia and peony flowers. The phoenix is the female counterpart of the male dragon and its varied colored feathers represent the traditional virtues of truthfulness, propriety, righteousness, benevolence and sincerity. The peony, known as the flower of riches and honor, is an emblem of wealth and distinction. It symbolizes prosperity, happiness, peace and is an emblem of love and affection.