An Indigo Dyed Hemp or Ramie Kasuri Jacket: Overcoat

$245.00 USD

late nineteenth, early twentieth century
37" x 46", 94 cm x 117 cm

This is an indigo dyed hemp or ramie kasuri (ikat) woven jacket, probably of a type known as a dochugi or traveling coat which is a garment worn over a kimono. Its fairly large size and its ties at the center of the piece indicate this might be the case.

The cloth is really lovely and fine; it is probably from the region around Omi which produced some of the most high quality hemp and ramie kasuri cloth in Japan. It was a major center of production and trade.

The pattern on the cloth is interesting as it shows a repeat pattern of phoenixes, gourds, pilgrim's hats and a bundle of something indiscernible. Overlaid onto this pattern is a repeat of warp-based white "slashes" which add a dazzling effect to the design.

The condition overall is very good as there does not seem to be any significant damage to the coat itself with the exception of the frayed ties and shoulder reinforcement in the lining.

Still very wearable and a very handsome old garment.

Dimensions noted above are shoulder to hem x sleeve tip to sleeve tip.