Fireman's coat (kajibanten)

Japanese
Edo period
19th century


Object Place: Japan

Dimensions

99 x 129 cm (39 x 50 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1996.120

Medium or Technique

Leather (deerskin), silk; paste-resist stenciling with smoke-induced color (inden or fusube-gawa), oblique interlacing (cords)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Fireman’s reversible deerskin coat (kajibanten). The outer face is decorated at center back with the crest (mon) of the firefighting company, produced by paste-resist stenciling and indigo dyeing. On the face normally worn inside, paste resist is stenciled onto the leather which is smoked to darken the areas not reserved by the paste, a technique known as inden or fusube-gawa. The sawa character on the upper back also acts as a mon; the lower half is decorated with stylized ideograms. The silk cords are later replacements.

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA on June 26, 1996

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund