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Sample Book (Japan), 19th century

This is a Sample book. It is dated 19th century and we acquired it in 1939. Its medium is silk samples, paper book and its technique is stencil-resist dyed. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.

Traditional Japanese robes are fashioned from standard-sized widths of fabric, and sewn—rather than cut—to fit. As a result, variations in style are expressed through a garment’s material and decoration, rather than through its tailoring. This sample book from Kyoto was created to assist customers shopping for new resist-dyed fabric. Working in close consultation with a fabric dealer, the client could use the samples as a guide when selecting a preferred color and patterning.

This object was donated by Rowland Burdon-Muller. It is credited Gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (closed): 19 × 26 cm (7 1/2 × 10 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Sample Book (Japan), 19th century; silk samples, paper book; H x W x D (closed): 19 × 26 cm (7 1/2 × 10 1/4 in.); Gift of Rowland Burdon-Muller; 1939-17-5

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Katagami.

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