Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings) Paulownia and phoenix design on red figured satin ground

Organization control number
I-4313
Classification
Textiles
Era century
Edo period, 18th century
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
This kosode garment was once worn by a woman of the warrior class. It features a paulownia tree design in kanoko tie-dyeing with phoenixes – said to dwell in paulownia trees – in embroidery. The tree stretches up strongly from the center of the hem in a style characteristic of the mid-Edo period. The design on the sleeves stops abruptly at the lower seam, indicating that the robe was once a furisode type with long hanging sleeves which were subsequently cut when the wearer reached maturity.