Gift of John B. Elliott through the Mercer Trust, 1999
Not on view
Japanese paper, known for its strength and softness, has the added advantage of being very warm. In the process of making paper clothing, sheets of handmade paper are first joined into large sheets (some of the joins are visible in this example), which are then treated with strengthening agents like persimmon juice. The points of stress in this garment are reinforced with silk patches that also create an arresting design.
John B. Elliott , Princeton, NJ (until d. 1997) ; The Mercer Trust , 1997–1999
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," August 19, 2000–February 5, 2001.