Rain cloak (kappa)


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cape-like raincoat made of sixteen shaped gores with a stand-up collar. At the neck are cord ties with bone clasps; both are reinforced. At the waist is a cord loop with a circular reinforcement. The cord is knotted through the front of the coat. The coat was woven with very fine dark blue warps while the wefts are much thicker with varied shades of blue. The lining is an indigo-dyed double ikat of hand-spun yarns with a small repeating pattern.

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  • Title: Rain cloak (kappa)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1850–1860
  • Provenance: Purchase from Morita Antique Textiles, Tokyo
  • Dimensions: Bottom edge: 344.2 cm (135 1/2 in.)Top edge (excluding collar): 105.4 cm (41 1/2 in.)Height (from center, excluding collar: 93 cm x (36 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Rain cloak (kappa)
  • Rights: Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund
  • Medium: Medium: cotton (recycled fiber) Technique: plain weave


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