Kosode (Garment with small wrist openings) Flower-in-square design on black figured satin ground

Organization control number
I-3985
Classification
Textiles
Era century
Edo period, 19th century
Donor
Gift of Mr. Noguchi Shinzo
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
Damask imported from China that was favored by the Japanese tea master Kobori Enshu (1579-1647) is called “Enshu damask.” It was beloved by tea ceremony practitioners of the Edo period (1603-1868). This garment borrows patterns from Enshu damask, rendering them in embroidery and tie-dyeing. The patterns are concentrated at the hem and around the front opening, a style that became popular in the late Edo period. (h10-1_20160421)