Japan: Woman in kimono (Kimekomi ningyou doll)

Front view
Front view

General description Woman dressed in two kimonos: a coat-like kimono (uchikake) on top of an informal komon kimono

Dimensions 19.5 cm x 14 cm x 10 cm

Date when acquired  2000s

Original Date  Unknown

Source Flea market in Göttingen, Germany



The typical pillar-like body of this kimekomi ningyou doll sounds hollow when tapped, indicating that it is most probably made of a composite material not solid wood. The base is covered with blue silk. The head is of plastic with painted features. Her long, very straight hair seems to be horse hair rather than silk threads. The clothes are as rigid as the rest of her body and the brocades are glued into place on the base creating a flowing form to the sleeves.


Back view
Back view


The doll’s basic komon kimono is of a pale pink brocade with a woven silvery pattern of flowers and leaves. On top of this, like a coat, she is wearing another brocade kimono (uchikake) in orange with a design of alternating silver and pale orange “wheels”. The traditional sash, the obi, cannot be seen as it is not worn over an uchikake. The sleeves of both kimonos are very long but reach just below her waist. Her left foot can be seen with its split-toed sock (tabi). Normally, the uchikake is supposed to trail along the floor, but on this doll it is shorter than the komon kimono.



This doll has no accessories.


View showing split-toed sock and silver weave on the komon kimono
View showing split-toed sock and silver weave on the komon kimono

Background information


See Japanese kimekomi ningyou dolls and Japan: Kimono.




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