[Kimono] Kimono of figured silk, using two techniques of plain weave and plain gauze (monsha). Pink with fine and broadly spaced stripes of green and grey. The red shades are created with maddder, in five gradations, the grey with plum in three gradiations and the green with indigo and hairy jointgrass (arthraxon hispidus). Collar lined with pink silk.
[Storage box] Wooden box made especially to house kimono. Garment also folded using silk-wrapped cotton pads and stored within a paper folder and a yellow cotton wrapper.
Eriko Matsuda specialises in the weaving of delicate figured-gauze (monsha) fabrics. This kimono is entitled 'Spring' and is inspired by her favorite time of year. The pink hue, called akane in Japanese, represents the joyful atmosphere that accompanies the arrival of the season. It is created with madder, the grey deriving from plum and the green from a mixture of indigo and arthraxon hispidus.