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  • Dressing gown, ca. 1880
    Japanese for Western market
    Quilted blue silk
    Gift of Katherine Babcock Cavalli, 1970 (1970.83a,b)

    Dressing gown, late 1880s
    Japanese for Western market
    Quilted brown silk
    Gift of Theodore Fischer Ellis, 1975 (1975.227.7a,b)

    In the nineteenth century, Japan produced prodigiously for its new Western market. Economic initiative spurred the creation of consumer items exclusively for the export market. At the same time, Japan began a massive consumption of Western goods, chiefly in the sectors of heavy industry and engineering. Quilted dressing gowns like these are for an occasion and of a style that would never have been operative in Japan. For the European customer, the pattern of late-spring flowers, insects, and lotuses evoked exotic origins, mitigated by accommodations to Western style.

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  • Dressing gown, ca. 1880
    Japanese for Western market
    Quilted blue silk
    Gift of Katherine Babcock Cavalli, 1970 (1970.83a,b)

    Dressing gown, late 1880s
    Japanese for Western market
    Quilted brown silk
    Gift of Theodore Fischer Ellis, 1975 (1975.227.7a,b)

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