Yorke Antique Textiles

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Mid to late Meiji (1880-1912)
This superior, goshodoki-style antique uchikake is a based on the older female samurai style of the Edo era. Goshodoki means palace style, consisting of slightly formal scenery, often imaginary but sometimes suggesting specific stories or Nô plays. During the earlier Edo era, wedding garments of the goshodoki style were typically fully embroidered. This example is particularly interesting as it -unlike the fully-embroidered Edo garments - is painted in yuzen and hand bokoshi style with embroidery and metallic couching. The painting is masterfully done and is almost pastel in some areas. The silk taffeta fabric is a favorite of the female samurai, and it is likely that this textile was created for a female of a former samurai family.
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