This breathtaking silk wedding gown bears the unmistakable mark of a master yuzen artist from its era, showcasing an unusually broad color range and employing various intricate techniques. The garment features profuse yuzen-painting, metallic couching outlining, metal thread embroidery, and brush-painted highlights. Its inner lining is made of red rinzu silk, and it measures 49 inches (124 cm) from sleeve-end to sleeve-end and stands at 66 inches (168 cm) in height.
Representing an exceptional testament to the kimono art renaissance during Japan's early 20th century, this uchikake boasts a complex and graphic design with uninterrupted flow—an extraordinary achievement given that kimonos are typically constructed from four separate panels, making seamless art continuity across the textile challenging. Adorned with various flower and plant garlands, kikko tortoiseshell motifs, and a large paradise scene, the focal point remains two large flying cranes on the upper back of the robe.
Notably, these cranes are exceptionally realistic and three-dimensional, featuring superbly shaded wings. White cranes, revered as symbols of longevity and good fortune in Japanese culture, are believed to live to great ages and possess the ability to traverse between heaven and earth, signifying their significance in conveying blessings and auspiciousness.