Ainu dark blue cotton robe
Price: € 1.600,00
Rare and remarkable Ainu dark blue cotton robe with beautiful embroidered polychrome geometric floral shapes along the edges.
Length 122 cm, Width incl. arms 130 cm.
Acquired from an Ainu education center in the town Shiraoi, Hokkaidô. The last photo shows the lovely visit to this center.
Considering its age in a very good condition with minor traces of age and wear. Please take a close look at the photo of an old restoration. For a clear condition reference please look at the photos as well.
Meiji period (1868-1912).
In the winter season Ainu women wove such robes on a loom. The fibers were from elm bark that had been softened after being peeled off the trees in spring or autumn. The applique of blue cloth in a geometric design has a practical function, protecting the areas around the neck, sleeves, and edges of the robe that are easily worn out. The design was also intended to prevent evil spirits from entering the body of the wearer of the robe. (From The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.