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Obi with Pattern of Hanging Robes

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Silk, metallic thread; twill weave with supplementary weft patterning
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
  • Description

    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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