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Piece from a Robe (Kosode) with Pattern of Maple Leaves

Edo period (1615–1868)
late 17th–late 18th century
Stitch- and paste-resist-dyed and painted silk crepe
H. 33 9/16 in. (85.3 cm); W. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
Textiles-Painted and Dyed
Credit Line:
Purchase, Roy R. and Marie S. Neuberger Foundation Inc. and several members of The Chairman's Council Gifts, 2000 Benefit Fund, and funds from various donors, 2001
Accession Number:
Not on view
Maple leaves in blue, green, and golden yellow appear on a meandering white background in the quietly dramatic design of this textile. The white area was produced through the stitch-resist (shibori) technique, as evidenced by the wrinkles along the line between white and purple, where stitches were gathered and the white silk was bound before the piece was dipped in purple dye. By contrast, the leaves were produced in the yūzen technique, characterized by finely drawn paste-resist lines and color applied with a brush.
Kokon, Inc.
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