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Japanese Antique Sample Book Of Edo Brocades

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 1182355

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This is a mihon-cho (sample book) of kinran (gold brocade), ginran(silver brocade), tsuzure (tapestry weave) etc. Most of the fragments were imported from China in early 16th century called "naka-watari. A few fragments were imported from Chosen (Korea). In old days, imported silk brocades were so precious that only high ranking samurai, Buddhist priests and rich civilian could afford. Those silk brocades were mainly used for covers and cloth for the tea utensils used in the tea ceremony or scrolls. It has 28 pages in both sides and 157 fragments. Generally in good condition but one of the covers has damage. 17cm x 12cm x 3.3cm More photos are available by request.