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Hikimawashi kappa (Travel Cape)


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Title

Hikimawashi kappa (Travel Cape)

Artist

Japan, unknown weaver (Japanese)

Date

second half of 19th century

Medium

cotton warp, paper and wisteria weft; cotton lining

Dimensions (H x W x D)

82 in x 37 3/4 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Clothing and Textiles

Object Type

cape

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Asian Art Fund

Accession Number

2011.141

Copyright

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Terms

capes

cotton

Description

This striking cape is made with paper for the weft threads. Special mulberry paper was sliced into thin strips and tightly twisted around wisteria fibers; the wisteria fibers are exceptionally durable, and the paper provided warmth.

Both the name and the shape of the kappa cloak are modeled on the Capa overcoats worn by Spanish missionaries who visited Japan during the late sixteenth century. Today, kappa is still the name for a lightweight, short raincoat.

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