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Japanese Antique Textile Cotton Kappa with Kasuri and Washi Lining

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 1395547

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Denenchofu, Otaku
Tokyo, Japan 145-0071

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Kappa (cape) made of cotton kasuri on both sides which are hand-spun and natural indigo dyed. It is called "maru-gappa" or "hiki-mawashi" in old days. It was worn on the occasion of travel over kimono. It has washi (Japanese handmade paper) between two cotton cloth which is washed out and soft. The word "kappa" came from Portuguese "capa". The Portuguese first came to Japan in 17th century. The piping is made of handwoven hemp. Generally in good condition but has some holes and wear in cords. The second half of the 19th century. L:98cm