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.
- Woman's Aigi (Inner Robe)
- Japan (Object made in)
- Made 1775–1800
- Silk, satin damask weave; tye dyed; lining: silk, plain weave
- 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.)
- Oriental Department Sundry Trust