Edo Period, 19th Century, Japan
A picture of Buddhist Paradise with Golden Pagoda (紺紙著色金光明最勝王経金字宝塔曼荼羅図), one of ten hanging hanging scrolls (mandalas), 139.7 cm x 54.8 cm. Gold paint on indigo blue paper. Located at Chūson-ji, Hiraizumi, Iwate, Japan. Heian period, before 1185, National Treasure of Japan 国宝
An omeshi-woven silk kimono. Taisho era (1912-1926), Japan. The Kimono Gallery. An “omeshi” silk kimono. Taisho era (1912-1926), Japan. The Kimono Gallery
"Omeshi" silk involve designs created with the ikat technique . It is a heavy crepe silk woven with strongly twisted threads, and is even firmer in texture than chirimen. Traditionally, omeshi kimono ranked highest in quality and value among kimono silk textiles made with pre-dyed threads.
A silk tapestry-weave Buddhist ‘uchishiki’ [altar cloth] featuring a phoenix and a lotus pond. Late Edo (1800-1850), Japan. The phoenix is endowed with all of the magical qualities of auspiciousness: longevity, resurrection, the solar and alchemical fire, and symbolizes peace and tranquility. The lotus is an important Buddhist motif. Images of the Buddha and other important persons often are shown seated on a lotus throne. The growth of the lotus, with its roots in mud, growing through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant above the water’s surface, is seen as an analogy of the soul’s path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment. The 3 stages of the lotus, bud, utpala (mid-blossom) and the full blossoming throne represent the past present and future respectively. There are four colors of lotus recognized in Buddhism: of these, the pink is the supreme lotus, generally reserved for the highest deity, and thus naturally associated with the Great Buddha himself. On this textile there is a deep red color band situated between the celestial sphere of the phoenix and the terrestrial one of the lotus: in Buddhism the color red is believed to have protective qualities; red is the color of powerful rituals and deeds, the color of passion, transmuted to discriminating wisdom. Yorke Antique Textiles
A silk gift cover [‘fukusa’] featuring a pine motif created by the yuzen-dye technique, fully-embroidered cranes, and a metallic-thread-highlighted tortoise. Late Meiji (1880-1911), Japan. Yorke Antique Textiles
Ainu Robe, about 1900, northern Japan
A silk gift cover cloth, called ‘fukusa’, featuring three embroidered cranes. The crane symbolizes good fortune and long life. Latter Edo (1800-1850), Japan. Yorke Antique Textiles
Shibori dyed (tie-dye) silk kimono panel, featuring ‘asa’ (hemp) patterns. 1930-1940, Japan. Yorke Antique Textiles
Detail of silk kimono panel. 1950-1980, Japan.
Detail of vintage Kimono Panel. 1950-1970, Japan. Yorke Antique Textiles
Rain cape made of bast fibers and cotton..Mid-20th century, Japan MOMA collection
Vintage Kimono Panel, 1950-1970, Japan.
A textured black silk with a shibori pattern in bright, true orange. Pebble like texture in the background. Yorke Antique Textiles