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誰が袖模様丸帯
Obi with “Whose Sleeves?” (Tagasode) Pattern

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
first half of 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Twill-weave silk with supplementary weft patterning and metallic thread
Dimensions:
13 ft. 7 in. × 25 in. (414 × 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Ellen Barker, 1934
Accession Number:
34.37.1
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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