If you are interested in Japanese art and design, or fabric in general, this collection provides a feast for the eyes. The first part is photos of actual silk kimonos, (robe-like garments), and the second is prints of silk kimono fabric patterns. The short section at the end consists of photos of obis—wide sashes. There are also a handful of background patterns, including the one used on this page.
The kimonos may also be used as background themselves. For a repeatable background, it requires some skillful cropping, but it works. You may see an example here that I used for Michael Crichton's Rising Sun. You may see other examples of kimonos on the Japanese Resource Index.
The Dover edition states that these images come from two rare and costly portfolios. Here is a variety from this collection.
From the selection of kimono photos: #008, #011, #022, #027, #051, #065
From the selection of kimono prints: #069, #085, #087, #112
From the selection of obis: #136, #140, #145, #147
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