Travel Cape (Kappa)
mid to late 1800s
Cotton ikat; mulberry paper treated with tung oil interlining; cotton ikat lining
Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange
Travel Cape (Kappa), Japan, mid to late 1800s. Cotton ikat; persimmon paper treated with tung oil interlining; cotton ikat lining. Neusteter Textile Collection: Department acquisition funds by exchange, 2012.290.
Dimensionslength: 42 in, 106.6800 cm; width: 97 in, 246.3800 cm
DepartmentTextile Art and Fashion
CollectionTextile Art and Fashion-Asian
The kappa is inspired by the capa, or cape, worn by Christian missionaries who arrived in Japan in the 1500s. Originally kappa were made of wool and only used by high-ranking samurai. Eventually wealthy merchants and doctors devised less formal kappa appropriate to their status. By the late 1800s, the type of kappa shown here was commonly used by men as a travel cape, as seen in the accompanying print.
Known ProvenancePurchased 2006 at Kogire-no-Kai auction Kyoto, Japan by John Ruddy [Santa Fe, NM] purchased August 2012 from John Ruddy by the Denver Art Museum
- "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)