A Notable Acquisition of Japanese Textiles of the Edo Period (1615–1868)

June 25–September 21, 2003

More than thirty-five works, both fragments and costumes, are exhibited to celebrate a remarkable acquisition of Japanese textiles. The gloriously dyed and embroidered fragments trace the history of kimono fashion, embracing both the dramatic asymmetrical designs of the second half of the seventeenth century and the colorful detailed patterns characteristic of yuzen dyeing, which began at the end of that period. The costumes include two men's garments that bear the crest of the Tokugawa, the ruling family of the Edo period.