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Kesa

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

Date:

Early or mid–19th century, Edo period (1789–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This attractive vestment is a good example of adaptive reuse. The pattern of the main fabric was originally used for hangings and furniture covers, and the presence of soil lines and mended areas suggests that this piece had been used as a cover. Multiple seams in the border fabric as well as the incorporation of the six squares in different material in place of—rather than on top of—the main fabric indicate that the principal fabric was in short supply and had to be pieced judiciously.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Kesa

Place

Japan (Object made in)

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Made 1800–1868

Medium

Silk and gilt-paper strip; twill and satin weaves with secondary binding warps and supplementary patterning wefts

Dimensions

96.8 × 191.8 cm (38 1/8 × 75 1/4 in.); Repeat: 19 × 13.3 cm (7 1/2 × 3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2004.1018

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