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Man's Ceremonial Robe

Asian Art

Traditional Ainu clothing is made from animal skins and the bark of elm trees, but in the nineteenth century, the Ainu began to incorporate cotton fabric into their wardrobe. They often used old Japanese kimonos, to which they added dark strips around the neck, front opening, sleeves, and hem. They decorated these additions with embroidery that became more complex over time. The cutwork in the dark edge fabric on this man's coat allows for a sophisticated dialogue between traditional Ainu embroidery forms and the bold pattern of the Japanese textile below.

CULTURE Ainu
MEDIUM Cotton, silk, thread, embroidery, applique
DIMENSIONS 53 1/2 x 50 3/4 in. (135.9 x 128.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 12.582
CREDIT LINE Gift of Herman Stutzer
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Ainu. Man's Ceremonial Robe. Cotton, silk, thread, embroidery, applique, 53 1/2 x 50 3/4 in. (135.9 x 128.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.582. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.582_front_edited_version_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE front, 12.582_front_edited_version_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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Ainu. <em>Man's Ceremonial Robe</em>. Cotton, silk, thread, embroidery, applique, 53 1/2 x 50 3/4 in. (135.9 x 128.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.582. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.582_front_edited_version_SL3.jpg)