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Woman's Aigi (Inner Robe)

A work made of silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave.
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  • A work made of silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave.

Date:

Edo period (1789–1868), late 1700s

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This white design on a red background was created by tying portions of the white silk fabric into tiny knots that resisted the red dye. Here, the tying creates a pattern of tea plant blossoms floating on stylized currents of water. Producing such an intricate pattern was labor intensive and costly. The use of the color red for inner robes and linings has a long history in Japan, where the flash of a woman’s undergarment or lining is considered enticing.

Status

On View, Gallery 57

Department

Textiles

Title

Woman's Aigi (Inner Robe)

Place

Japan (Object made in)

Date

Made 1775–1800

Medium

Silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave

Dimensions

185 × 122 cm (72 3/4 × 48 in.) Shoulder to hem length: 102.2 cm (40 1/4 in.) Sleeve length: 93.9 cm (37 in.) Collar back to hem length: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.) Width at hem: 63 cm (24 3/4 in.) Width of sleeve panel: 32.6 cm (12 3/4 in.) Width of center front panel hem overlap: 12.2 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Oriental Department Sundry Trust

Reference Number

1940.1101

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