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Maiwai (Fisherman's Ceremonial Coat)

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Japan, Chiba prefecture, Maiwai (Fisherman's Ceremonial Coat), early 20th century, cotton with freehand and stencil paste-resist dyed designs, Gift of Terry Welch, no known copyright restrictions, 2009.25.9

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Title

Maiwai (Fisherman's Ceremonial Coat)

Artist

Japan, Chiba prefecture (Japanese)

Date

early 20th century

Medium

cotton with freehand and stencil paste-resist dyed designs

Dimensions (H x W x D)

56 5/16 in x 50 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Clothing and Textiles

Object Type

coat

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of Terry Welch

Accession Number

2009.25.9

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

ceremonial costume

coats

cotton

Description

Meaning "myriad blessings," maiwai are ceremonial coats unique to the fishing villages of the Bōsō peninsula, east of Tokyo. Made to celebrate an extraordinary catch—the once-in-a-lifetime season at sea that guaranteed prosperity for years to come —they are quite rare.

The red crest at the upper back of the robe probably indicates a particular fishermen’s association, while the mysterious curved object floating in the sea is a shimenawa, a twisted straw rope used to mark the boundary of a sacred space.

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