Kosode Fragment

Japan

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The lively kosode from which this textile came had a vivid pattern of a clematis vine growing on a curving bamboo fence. Some of the embroidery is now missing from the leaves and one of the flowers, allowing a view of notations in ink: the syllable ki, seen in the leaves, and aka (red) in the center of a clematis flower, instructed the embroiderer to use gold thread (kinshi) for the leaves and red for the flower.

Kosode Fragment, Ground of white satin damask (rinzu), Japan

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