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Fabric Fragment

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Fabric Fragment, 1780-1810
Silk
6 in. x 15 in. (15.24 cm x 38.1 cm)


Object Type: Textile
Technique: Woven
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Accession Number: T758


Bibliography
see pg. 67 of Patterns and Poetry: No Robes from the Lucy Truman Aldrich Collection at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI, 1992, for an explanation of karaori and how they were woven and used.

Medium
Green silk tabby brocaded in colored silk floss.

Object Description
Rectangular fragment of brocade used for Noh robes, with stylized floral motifs on a diagonal grid. This fragment probably came from a karaori (weft-patterned, box-sleeved kosode-style garment); the karaori was mainly used for women's roles, but could also be worn by actors playing sprites or worn as an underrobe for the roles of young courtier-warriors.

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