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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Ainu robe (kaparamip), 1912-1926
Cotton
43 in. x 50 in. (109.22 cm x 127 cm)


Object Type: Textile
Technique: Woven
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: J003


Medium
Blue cotton tabby with appliqu├ęs. Pink bands are roller-printed Japanese cotton.

Object Description
Long Ainu robe (kaparamip) of blue cotton with tapered sleeves. The back is decorated with applied cottons, including pink roller-sprinted Japanese cotton. Robe is hand-sewn and shows natural wear.
When cotton fabric became easier to obtain for the Ainu during the late 19th century, large pieces of white or red cotton were placed over darker fabric (sometimes patterned), curvilinear cuts were made, margins folded and tacked down. In a variation, cloth was folded in four and cut out as children cut out paper, laid over a base fabric and tacked down. Such methods made for extremely free and bold designs.
Kaparamip implies thin clothes, and garments of this type were popular in South Hokkaido, Japan.

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