Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Kyogen overvest (kataginu) with pattern of bamboo and spiderwebs

19th century
Pigment-patterned plain-weave hemp (asa)
29 1/2 x 22 1/4 in. (74.9 x 56.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
This kataginu was most likely worn with matching long trousers (nagabakama) for the role of a samurai, perhaps the master of the comic servant Tarokaja. A resist-dyeing process was used to pattern this textile. First, a special paste was applied to white cloth through a paper stencil (katagami) and then a dark brown pigment dye was brushed on. Finally, when the paste was removed, the areas that had been protected with paste remained white, resulting in a design of bamboo and spiderwebs.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

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