Important Cultural PropertyDōfuku—design of ginko leave and snow circle patterns on diagonal stripes of light blue, white and purple / Light-blue thin hemp kimono, with hollyhock crest motif

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  • 1 suit/ 1 suit
  • L117.0 yuki63.0 sleeve L52.0sleeveW22.5 neck W15.0 / L145.5 yuki58.0
  • Azuchi-Momoyama period/16-17th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • I-4070
  • Document about the history of The Yoshioka Family [November, Houreki 5 (1755)], 1 copy / The Red-seal Permission Letters issued by the Tokugawa Clan for using public horses, 3 copies

This dôfuku (man's hip-length jacket) is said to be a present from Tokugawa Ieyasu to Yoshioka Hayato, an administrative officer of the Iwami-Ginzan silver mine. Red and white glossed plain silk cloths are used for the outer material and lining cloth, respectively, and made into a wadded and lined dôfuku kimono. Diagonal purple, light blue and white stripes, and white snow circles patterns are expressed by sewing and tie-dyeing the white glossed plane silk cloth, and ginkgo leaves are expressed by applying dyeing and surihaku of silver leaf on white space on a colored background. Moreover, mottled snow patches are line-drawn with India ink on the white diagonal stripes. The bold and open pattern expression, with large ginkgo leaves with snow and snow circles on diagonal stripes, shows the characteristics of the dye and weave designs in the Momoyama period well, and is commonly seen in other tsujigahana (a technique of dyeing in which a vivid image of flowers upon a white background is created) dôfuku in the same period.

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