A Piece-Contructed, Padded Silk Jacket: Many Different Stripe Samples
ca. early twentieth century
shoulder to hem: 28 1/2", 72.5 cm
sleeve tip to sleeve tip: 48", 122 cm
This is a very handsome jacket or under kimono that is hand stitched of about 28 individual small pieces of striped silk of great variety.
The jacket is lined in mustard colored cotton and the entire thing is lightly padded with cotton batting, which tells us this was a garment that was worn in cold climates or during winter.
The variation in the stripes is subtle but beautiful, and very few stripes repeat. Perhaps this jacket was put together from a weaving studios recycled commercial samples, or perhaps it is stitched from a variety of discarded garments.
There is some wear to the sleeve tips (seen in the accompanying photographs) and, as well, there is a silk piece on the back, proper right-hand side of the garment which shows two tiny black stains that appear to be small holes.
This is a very wearable garment, one which is extremely attractive, and one which has good age.