Beginning in the mid-seventeenth century, a particular style of kosode design evolved in which the entire back of the robe was used like a canvas for bold, largely diagonal compositions. This rare kosode, with its pattern of large and small cherry blossoms, a fence, and carriage wheels, is consistent with that style. The donation of precious garments to religious institutions has been a common practice throughout much of Japanese history. Clothing given to temples was often transformed into pieced textiles consistent with Buddhist tradition-altar cloths (uchishiki) and vestments (kesa). This kosode's past is unknown, but its current remade and slightly incomplete form suggests that it may once have been a pieced altar cloth.