Kesa

A work made of silk, wild silk, and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts.

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  • A work made of silk, wild silk, and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts.

Date:

Early 20th century, Meiji period (1868–1912)/ Taishô period (1912–1926)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

The pattern of this woven kesa reflects the strong influence of European styles on Japanese designers during the first quarter of the 20th century. The pattern is dominated by highly ornamentalized butterflies and complex floral forms, combined with a whirring energy reminiscent of 1920s Art Deco.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1900–1915

Medium

Silk, wild silk, and gilt-paper strip; twill weave with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts

Dimensions

115.6 x 186.2 cm (45 1/2 x 73 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph E. Hays in memory of Mary Van Artsdalen Hays

Reference Number

2004.1005

Extended information about this artwork

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