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Woman's Aigi (Inner Robe)

A work made of silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave.


Edo period (1789–1868), late 1700s



About this artwork

This white design on a red background was created by tying portions of the white silk fabric into tiny knots that resisted the red dye. Here, the tying creates a pattern of tea plant blossoms floating on stylized currents of water. Producing such an intricate pattern was labor intensive and costly. The use of the color red for inner robes and linings has a long history in Japan, where the flash of a woman’s undergarment or lining is considered enticing.


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Woman's Aigi (Inner Robe)


Japan (Object made in)

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Made 1775–1800


Silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave

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Oriental Department Sundry Trust

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