An image of 'Karaori' noh robe with design of flowers of the four seasons on sectioned red-and-white background

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'Karaori' noh robe with design of flowers of the four seasons on sectioned red-and-white background

Other titles:
'Karaori' nô robe
Location
Not on display
Further information

Costumes for nô performance embody the highest achievements in Japanese textile and are an important part of the art of the samurai class that dominated Japan for 700 years prior to the mid-19th century. Unlike kabuki, the commoners' theatre, nô plays were characterized by their spiritual intensity, traditionally performed only once at special occasions: festivals, dedication to the gods/ ancestral spirits, welcoming important guests and so on. Of all nô costumes, 'karaori' (Chinese weave) is considered the best because of its special quality: all patterns are woven instead of embroidered, a technique developed in imitation of Chinese textile. 'Karaori' robes with red colour are worn by performers in young female roles. The design, flowers of the four seasons, makes this piece particularly bright and attractive.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 October 2002.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
19th century
Media
Textile
Medium
silk and gold metallic thread supplementary wefts in a silk twill ground
Dimensions
152.5 x 144.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 2002
Accession number
321.2002