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design-is-fine:

Sweat Protector, 1850–1860. Paper technique: 4-strand plaiting with 2-strand twists. Japan

Woven textiles made from paper find their origin in 16th century Japan where these cloths – called shifu – were most likely developed by the impoverished rural population for lack of other materials. Farmers originally cut the pages of ancient account books in order to turn them into shifu weaves. Soon this cloth attained a place in society as the Samurai refined the technique, in which the finest threads could be woven into noble cloths. Via Cooper Hewitt

design-is-fine:

Sweat Protector, 1850–1860. Paper technique: 4-strand plaiting with 2-strand twists. Japan

Woven textiles made from paper find their origin in 16th century Japan where these cloths – called shifu – were most likely developed by the impoverished rural population for lack of other materials. Farmers originally cut the pages of ancient account books in order to turn them into shifu weaves. Soon this cloth attained a place in society as the Samurai refined the technique, in which the finest threads could be woven into noble cloths. Via Cooper Hewitt

artemisdreaming:

Chôken (Nô Costume), 1901/25, Meiji period (1868-1912)/ Taishô period (1912-1926)
Silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper strips, complex gauze weave with supplementary brocading wefts 125.4 x 207 cm (49 x 81 1/2 in.)Art Institute of Chicago gift of Mrs. J. L. Valentine, 1928.812

artemisdreaming:

Chôken (Nô Costume), 1901/25, Meiji period (1868-1912)/ Taishô period (1912-1926)

Silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper strips, complex gauze weave with supplementary brocading wefts
125.4 x 207 cm (49 x 81 1/2 in.)
Art Institute of Chicago gift of Mrs. J. L. Valentine, 1928.812

(via virtual-artifacts)

japaneseaesthetics:

Two Gallinules and Lotus Leaves in Shallow Water in the Rain.  Woodblock print, 20th century, Japan, by artist Soseki. 
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of C. Adrian Rübel

, 1978.417

japaneseaesthetics:

Two Gallinules and Lotus Leaves in Shallow Water in the Rain.  Woodblock print, 20th century, Japan, by artist Soseki. 

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of C. Adrian Rübel

, 1978.417