Ainu Robe

Ainu Robe

late 1800s to early 1900s
Culture
Ainu
Country
Japan
Style/Tradition
Hokkaido
robe
Fabric woven of inner elm bark and nettle; appliqué cotton remnants and cotton embroidery
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation
2000.228
. Ainu Robe. late 1800s to early 1900s. Fabric woven of inner elm bark and nettle; appliqué cotton remnants and cotton embroidery. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of the Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation. 2000.228.
Dimensions
length: 50 in, 127.0000 cm; width: 55 in, 139.7000 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Among the Ainu, an indigenous north Pacific people, women were responsible for the production of cloth and clothing. These characteristic bold patterns were passed down along maternal lines. Although various meanings have been suggested for these motifs, elderly Ainu women assert they have no purpose other than to please the gods.
Known Provenance
Gifted November 2000 by Nathan Rubin-Ida Ladd Family Foundation [Georgetown, CT] to the Denver Art Museum