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woman's jacket
  • Japan
  • woman's jacket, mid-late 1800s, Meiji period (1868–1912) or Taisho period (1912–1926)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • hemp, cotton, tree-bast fiber, katazome dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 92.5 x 58 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 x 23 in
  • Museum purchase: Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1993.0010
Label Text

Woman's everyday katazome (stencil dyeing) winter jacket in basic kimono cut. It has small, overall patterns of scattered leaves and diagonal lines appear in light indigo blue against a dark indigo ground. The lining has narrow dark brown vertical stripes set against the natural light brown of the (sentence lost in files). The jacket is quite heavy.

The shape of the garment is typical of women's jackets worn over kimono both inside and out during the winter. The fact that it is hemp rather than cotton and that it is so heavy suggests that it comes from somewhere in the northern part of Honshu.