Robe

A work made of cotton.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton.

Date:

late Edo period (1789–1868)/ Meiji period (1868–1912), 19th century

Artist:

Ainu
Japan, Hokkaido Island

About this artwork

Ainu robes are often admired for their intricate geometric patterns and fine craftsmanship. This checked cotton kimono features strips of indigo-dyed cotton that have been appliquéd in a maze-like pattern. The patterns are believed to protect the wearer from evil spirits and therefore are placed at the most vulnerable spots or openings in the robe at the neck, arms, and hem.

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Artist

Ainu

Title

Robe

Origin

Japan

Date

1801–1900

Medium

Cotton

Dimensions

129.5 x 134.6 cm (51 x 53 in.)

Credit Line

Florence Ayscough and Harley Farnsworth MacNair Collection

Reference Number

1943.32

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