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Obi with “Whose Sleeves?” (Tagasode) Pattern

Edo period (1615–1868)
first half of 19th century
Twill-weave silk with supplementary weft patterning and metallic thread
13 ft. 7 in. × 25 in. (414 × 63.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1934
Accession Number:
Not on view
A masterpiece of complex brocade weaving, this brightly colored obi, or sash, has a repeat pattern of kosode hung from silken cords. It evokes the traditional Tagasode (or "whose sleeves?") screen paintings of the Momoyama period (1568–1615), intended to pique interest in the woman who wore such evocative robes.
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