Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Stencil with Continuous Fret Pattern (sayagata)

19th century
9 3/8 x 15 3/4 in. (23.8 x 40 cm) Other (of pattern area): 5 1/8 x 14 in. (13 x 35.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
Not on view
This stencil's continuous fret pattern originated in china, but in the Edo period it became extremely common in Japanese dress. Many silk kosode robes from the 17th through 19th centuries were made of dyed and embroidered rinzu, a lightweight figured satin typically patterned with tiny flowers on a sayagata background. Cargo lists of the early Edo period reveal that large amounts of rinzu were imported to Japan from China.
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