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Inspirational Piece: Funeral kimono
from Collection and Inspiration 2001

silk, habotai silk, cotton thread
30.5 × 36.0 cm (folded)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2001
Gallery location
Not on display
Inspirational Piece: Funeral kimono, (c. 1960s). Funeral kimono made from black silk with beige habotai silk lining. The kimono is folded to form a square parcel with the front surface fabric revealing the silk lining. Along the centre line of the front surface the armhole runs vertically in a wide band of black silk forming an inner rectangle with an opening/split down the centre. A border is constructed by wide hand sewn running stitches around the outside edge in red cotton. The reverse side shows a large section of the folded surface in black silk with a horizontal top section of cream silk. There is a central seam at the back running horizontally and red running stitches around the edges.