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Robe

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan (Okinawa, Ryūkyū Islands)
Medium:
Resist-dyed and painted (bingata) silk crepe
Dimensions:
20 1/2 x 56 in. (52.1 x 142.2 cm)
Classification:
Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Seymour Fund, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bach, by exchange, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.417a, b
Not on view
The bingata dyeing technique used for this garment involved the application of resist paste through one or more stencils, as well as the application of dyes and pigments to pattern areas with a brush. Usually, the colored designs are covered over with protective paste before the background is dyed, and, finally, the paste is washed off, revealing the vibrant colors and spirited designs that are typical of bingata.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," July 2, 2005–November 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.

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