Kesa

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

Date:

18th century, Edo period (1615–1868)

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

During the kesa’s early history, the design of the garment was highly codified, based upon the standards and practices of individual sects. But during the Edo period, when Japan essentially closed its borders and artists looked inward for inspiration, innovations were introduced that challenged this rigid tradition. The columns of patches universal to kesas were now occasionally inferred by motifs that created the desired impression, such as lines drawn on the surface of the uncut fabric or, as here, the addition of cording, now incomplete owing to wear.

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Title

Kesa

Origin

Japan

Date

1701–1800

Medium

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

Dimensions

116.5 × 216.5 cm (45 7/8 × 85 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eastman

Reference Number

1956.1228

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