Kosode Fragment

Japan

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This fragment is a rare example of early yūzen dyeing. For the most part, it resembles the shibori-dyed and embroidered pieces on the opposite wall. Careful inspection, however, reveals that each blue bamboo leaf has in its center a thin white line, a hallmark of yūzen dyeing caused by thin lines of resist paste that are applied to the cloth before brush-dyeing.

Kosode Fragment, Ground of dye-patterned (somewake) satin damask (rinzu), Japan

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