Silk crepe (chirimen)
Overall: 81.9 x 129.5 cm (32 1/4 x 51 in.)
L. E. Holden Fund 2020.66
Crepe results from the weft thread being kept tighter than the warp thread during weaving.
This jacket features an octopus motif, with the head and body on the back and tentacles extending across the front. The outlines of the design were painted on to the silk ground after which a resist process was used to add the dyes. The silk has a finely wrinkled surface called crepe, or chirimen in Japanese.
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