About this artwork
The Chinese method for making gold "thread" out of paper coated with lacquer, finished with a layer of gold leaf, and cut into very fine strips was admired greatly by the Japanese but wasn’t adopted in Japan until the late 16th century. Until then, and even after, Chinese textiles utilizing this kinran thread were imported into Japan. The term kinran is also applied to a specific type of textile made in Japan, usually at Nishijin, in Kyoto, that typically displays floral patterns in gold against silk in a dark color. This example features peony blossoms with a lotus pod in the center.
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- Silk and gilt-paper strip; twill and satin weaves with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts
- 99.2 x 165.1 cm (39 x 65 in.) Warp repeat: 44.2 cm (17 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Ralph E. Hays in memory of Mary Van Artsdalen Hays