Noh Robe (Uwagi)

The term karaori (literally "Chinese weaving") is applied to an intricate weave type in which untwisted silk wefts float across the surface of a fabric, giving the impression of elaborate embroidery. Noh robes woven with this technique are also known as karaori and are generally worn as an outer garment for female roles. They are stiff and heavy and give a regal effect appropriate for the slow and considered movements of Noh drama. This robe's wisteria and lattice motif is typical of karaori's "feminine" pictorial patterns; the use of red indicates that the robe was intended for roles portraying young women.

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

Second half of 18th - first half of 19th century

Silk twill weave with silk and gilt thread pattern wefts (karaori)

Center Back Length: 51 inches (129.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Henry B. Keep, 1964

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