Woman's Ensemble: Cape, Pants, and Clogs

Designed by Kansai Yamamoto, Japanese, born 1944

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Date:
1973

Medium:
Cotton plain weave; lacquered wood, synthetic velvet

Dimensions:
Pants (waist): 24 inches (61 cm) Pants (hips): 30 inches (76.2 cm) Cape (diameter): 67 inches (170.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1974-3-5a--d

Credit Line:
Gift of Hess's Department Store, Allentown, 1974

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Label:
Kansai's "bull's eye" cape is constructed from a full circle of fabric, much like the capes worn by samurai fire wardens. The design recalls a samurai archer's target, kasumi-mato, consisting of a series of concentric circles of varying width. The high-heeled clogs are modeled after traditional Japanese okobo, black lacquered platform geta with yellow straps.