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Old Kesa, A Robe of Japanese Buddhist priests, Brown

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Textiles: Pre 1920: Item # 626913
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Old silk kesa, an outer garment worn by Japanese Buddhist priests. Kesas were originally made from old scraps of material donated to the temples. The scraps became finer and quite luxious with time. People who gave to Buddhist institutions were often keen to give very expensive items, so some fabulous kesas were created from wonderful silk brocades. This could also mean that the wealthier temples ended up collecting better fabrics or were able to send out for expensive custom made kesas.

We have a matching skinnier piece, 'oohi' for this kesa. Please inquire us if you are interested as a pair. The condition of the front fabric is excellent but the colors are lighter than shown in the photos. The liner is pretty much detached from the front. Some seams are open with broken threads -- it still holds up in the same way. Dimensions: 74" x 44"