Piece from a Kosode with Fans and Cherry Blossoms

Japan

Not on view

The kosode from which this fragment came had a vivacious pattern of cypress fans and cherry blossoms set against curving oblique stripes, which probably swept from shoulders to hem. Note the traces of stitching along an edge of the topmost fan, which has lost part of its outline of couched gold-thread embroidery. The stitchholes indicate that a shibori technique was used in dyeing the purple fan shapes.

Piece from a Kosode with Fans and Cherry Blossoms, Shibori-dyed silk satin damask (rinzu) embroidered with silk and metallic thread, Japan

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